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Book in advance to visit Scotland’s historic places. Before you travel, please check the latest Scottish Government guidance.



Our Explorer Pass gives you great value for money and a simple way to visit over 20 fantastic sites across Scotland. The pass is valid for seven consecutive days, purchase the pass and book your visits to each site online.

The pass includes visits to Edinburgh, Stirling and Urquhart Castles, Skara Brae and the border abbeys. It is a great way to explore and get the most out of Scotland’s history and heritage.

Before visiting, please check our online listing which has a full list of our sites which are currently open. We strongly recommend checking the opening days and times of the sites you would like to visit prior to purchasing your pass.

Buy your pass

Frequently Asked Questions

Explorer Pass Terms and Conditions

How it works

  1. Choose your pass
    Select from adult, concession, child, or family passes

  2. Buy your pass
    Purchase your pass online and select a start date. The pass will be valid for 7 days from this date

  3. Book your visits
    Reserve a timeslot online in advance for individual site visits.
    Entry will not be permitted without a reservation

  4. Go Explore
    Print off at home or collect the pass at the first site you visit

Sites you can visit


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Category Price Previous price
Adult £26.50 £40.00
Concession £21.00 £32.00
Child £17.00 £26.00
Family £53.00 £80.00
Category Definition
Adult Aged 16-59yrs
Concession Aged 60yrs+, full-time student and unemployed
Child Aged 5-15yrs. Under 5s free
Family 2 adults and up to 3 children (5-15yrs)
Historic Scotland

Pass Benefits

  • Free admission

    Free entry to over 20 Historic Scotland attractions

  • Great Value for money

    Includes entry to Edinburgh, Stirling and Urquhart Castles plus many more sites

Family looking at Caerlaverock Castle