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Islands Explorer Pass

1 Overview of the Islands Pass

Unlock hundreds of years of history at some of the top attractions in the west of Scotland. 

An Islands Explorer Pass is the ideal way to enjoy the heritage sites of the Western Isles and west coast of Scotland.

Island Explorer Pass benefits:

  • Visit six paid sites for £25 – a saving of £14 for an adult visitor
  • Pay only once
  • Valid for 30 consecutive days
  • Also available for purchase at Caledonian MacBrayne ticket offices and at participating sites

The Islands Explorer Pass is valid from April to September only

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2 Where your pass can take you

The Islands Explorer Pass includes entry to the following sites:

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3 Prices, pass types and savings

Category Cost
Adult £25.00
Concession £20.00
Child £15.00
Family £50.00

Adult: Individuals aged 16–59
Concession: Individuals aged 60+, students in full time education (on production of valid ID), unemployed persons (proof of Universal Credit or other qualifying benefit required)
Child: Aged 5–15 yrs (children under 5 admitted free)*
Family: Two adults and up to six children aged 5–15
* Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Price comparison

Adult prices for Western Isles and west coast attractions:

  • The Blackhouse, Arnol: £6.00
  • Bonawe Historic Iron Furnace: £6.00
  • Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel: £6.00
  • Iona Abbey and Nunnery: £9.00
  • Kisimul Castle: £6.00
  • Rothesay Castle: £6.00

Total cost £39.00

You can visit all of these sites for £25 with an Islands Explorer Pass – that’s a saving of £14.

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4 How your pass works

Your Islands Explorer Pass becomes valid after your first site visit and is valid for 30 consecutive days from its first day of use. Multiple sites may be visited in any one day. Only one visit per site is permitted. This pass is non-refundable and must only be used by the named signatory.

The Islands Explorer Pass is valid from April to September only.

When you buy an Islands Explorer Pass online, you must select the date of your first visit. You will then be asked to choose your preferred delivery method:

Print at Home

You’ll receive an email with your pass attached as a PDF. This can be printed and used at any paid site in the Western Isles and west coast of Scotland.

Collect on Arrival

You’ll receive an email with your confirmation number. Please bring this with you to the first participating site you visit – your confirmation number will be required to print your pass on arrival.

You can also buy an Islands Explorer Pass in person at the first participating Historic Scotland property you visit, or from any Caledonian MacBrayne ferry.

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5 Contact us about the Islands Pass

Historic Environment Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place

Telephone: 0131 668 8831

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