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over 5,000 years of history in just a few days with our Explorer Pass

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Overview

With winter nearly over and sunnier days just around the corner, it’s time to start planning a spring adventure. Our Explorer Pass is the perfect way to dive into Scotland’s fascinating history and heritage and explore many of our properties.

The pass is valid for 7 consecutive days (changing to 14 days from 29 March 2024). The pass includes entry to Edinburgh, Stirling and Urquhart Castles, Skara Brae, and Fort George.

The number of Explorer Passes is limited. They often sell out a week or more in advance, so please plan ahead.

Find out where you can use your Explorer Pass on the Sites you can visit page above.

Winter Offer

Before the winter is over, take advantage of our offer until 28 March 2024.

Receive a 20% discount on your Explorer Pass and visit any of our 30+ sites open throughout the winter months at no extra cost. The first date of use must be on or before 28 March 2024, any unused passes will expire thereafter. The 20% discount will be applied at checkout once you have selected dates between 1 November 2023 and 28 March 2024.

Exclusions 

Explorer Passes do not include access to the following:

  • Properties in the care of The National Trust for Scotland
  • Members of the Historic Houses Association
  • The Palace of Holyroodhouse and Holyrood Abbey 
  • Or properties in the care of private trusts including Calanais Visitor Centre and Kinnaird Head Lighthouse

Frequently Asked Questions

Explorer Pass Terms and Conditions

How it works

How it works

  • The pass is valid for 7 consecutive days from your selected start date (this will change to 14 days from 14 March)
  • It includes entry to all of our open properties
  • The pass is available to purchase online
  • Book your visit online in advance 

Benefits

  • Visit all our sites with one pass
  • Guaranteed entry when you pre-book
  • 20% discount on audio guides at Edinburgh and Stirling Castles and Glasgow Cathedral
  • Pre-book your visits
Prebook your visits

Sites you can visit

Prices

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Prices from 1 November 2023 to 28 March 2024

Receive 20% discount on your Explorer Pass and visit any of our 30+ sites open throughout the winter months at no extra cost. First date of use must be on or before 28 March 2024, any unused passes will expire thereafter. The 20% discount will be applied at checkout once you have selected dates between 1 November 2023 and 28 March 2024.

Pass types Definition Price
Adult Aged 16-64yrs £35.00
Concession Aged 65yrs+, full-time students (with valid ID) and unemployed (proof of Universal Credit or other qualifying benefit required) £28.00
Child Aged 7-15yrs. Under 7s free. Children must be accompanied by an adult £21.00
Family 2 adults and up to 3 children (7-15yrs) £70.00

Prices from 29 March to 30 September 2024

From 29 March the Explorer Pass will be a 14 day pass

Pass types Definition Price
Adult Aged 16-64yrs £44.00
Concession Aged 65yrs+, full-time students (with valid ID) and unemployed (proof of Universal Credit or other qualifying benefit required) £35.00
Child Aged 7-15yrs. Under 7s free. Children must be accompanied by an adult £26.00
Family 2 adults and up to 3 children (7-15yrs) £88.00

Now all there’s left to do is enjoy exploring

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Historic Scotland

Pass Benefits

  • Free admission

    Free entry to all Historic Scotland sites that are open

  • Great Value for money

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

  • Discounted audio guide

    20% discount on audio tours at Edinburgh and Stirling Castles and Glasgow Cathedral

  • Guaranteed entry

    Just pre-book your ticket with your explorer pass online before you visit

  • Winter offer

    20% off pass prices 1 Nov 2023 - 28 Mar 2024

Family walking along beach towards Blackness Castle