Special Winter Promotion

Free admission to Scotland’s top visitor attractions is yours with an Explorer Pass and if you buy your pass during our winter promotion (1 November 2016 - 31 March 2017) you get even more value for money.  

Our special winter explorer pass offer allows access to over 30 properties across Scotland including Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle and Urquhart Castle.

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.

Buy your Explorer Pass

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

Promotion prices

Visit more, save more with our winter promotion

Winter promotion prices are valid from 1 November 2016 until 31st March 2017.

Your first visit using the winter pass must take place by 31 March 2017. Any unused passes will expire thereafter.


3 Day Pass

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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

Historic Scotland

The benefits

  • Free admission

    Free admission to all 77 of our paid attractions

  • Free events

    Free entry to 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