1 Overview

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 £18 – a saving of more than £12 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 October only. Passes will be available to buy online or at participating sites from 1 April.

2 Where your pass can take you

The Islands Explorer Pass includes entry to the following sites:

3 Prices, pass types and savings

CATEGORY

COST

Adult

£18.00

Concession

£14.40

Child

£10.80

Family

£36.00

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: £5.00
  • Bonawe Historic Iron Furnace: £5.00
  • Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel: £6.00
  • Iona Abbey and Nunnery: £7.50
  • Kisimul Castle: £6.00
  • Rothesay Castle: £5.00

Total cost £34.50

An Islands Explorer Pass offers entry to all of these sites for £18 – that’s a saving of £16.50.

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 October only.

When you buy an Islands Explorer Pass online, 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. 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 Islands Explorer Pass in person at the first Historic Scotland property you visit, or from any Caledonian MacBrayne ferry.

5 Contact

Historic Environment Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place
Edinburgh
EH9 1SH

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

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