Your ticket to Scotland's history

Free admission to Scotland’s top visitor attractions is yours with an Explorer Pass.  

Buy an Explorer Pass valid for 3 days or 7 days and visit as many of our properties as you wish within that time – for no additional cost.

A 3-day pass can be used on any 3 days within a 5-day period. A 7-day pass is for any 7 days within a 14-day period. Multiple sites can be visited on any single day. You can visit a specific site only once.

Explorer Pass benefits:

  • Free admission to all 77 of our paid attractions
  • Free entry to daytime events
  • Fast track entry to Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle
  • 20% discount on audio tours at Edinburgh Castle (must be purchased on site).
Buy your Explorer Pass

If you're just visiting one region of Scotland, one of our Regional Explorer Passes could be for you:

When you buy an Explorer Pass online, you’ll receive an email with your pass attached as a PDF. This can be printed and used at any site. You must select the date of your first visit when purchasing a pass online – your pass will become valid from this date.

You can also buy an Explorer Pass in person at the first property you visit.

Search our properties for places to visit.

Download the Explorer Pass leaflet and map

Explorer Pass prices

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Prices are valid from 25 March 2016. 


3 days (over 5 days)

7 days (over 14 days)













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Pass types



Individuals aged 16–59

Student / Concession

  • Aged 60+
  • Students in full time education (with valid ID)
  • Unemployed (proof of Universal Credit or other qualifying benefit required)


Aged 5–15 (children under 5 admitted free)  
Must be accompanied by an adult


2 adults and up to 6 children aged 5–15

If you're visiting just one area of Scotland, one of our regional Explorer Passes might be best. We have passes that cover our properties in the:

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Here to help

Customer Service Team
Historic Environment Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place

Telephone: 0131 668 8999
Email: customer@hes.scot

The benefits

  • Free admission

    Free admission to all 77 Historic Scotland paid attractions

  • Free events

    Free entry to Historic Scotland daytime events

  • Fast track entry

    Fast track entry to Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle

  • Discounted audio tours

    20% discount on audio tours at Edinburgh Castle