1 Overview

Unlock thousands of years of history at Orkney and Shetland’s top attractions.

The Orkney Explorer Pass is the best way to see the fantastic heritage offered on Scotland’s northern islands and save money.

Orkney Explorer Pass benefits:

  • Visit seven paid sites for £18 – a saving of more than £19 for an adult visitor
  • Pay only once
  • Valid for 30 consecutive days

The Orkney Explorer Pass is only valid between April and September. Passes will be available to buy online or at participating sites from 1 April.

2 Where your pass can take you

Your Orkney Explorer Pass gives you free access to:

3 Prices, pass types and savings

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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 visiting Orkney and Shetland's historic attractions:

  • Skara Brae: £7.10
  • Maeshowe: £5.50
  • Broch of Gurness: £5.50
  • Bishop's and Earl's Palaces: £4.50
  • Hackness Martello Tower and Battery: £4.50
  • Brough of Birsay: £4.50
  • Jarlshof: £5.50

Total cost: £37.10

You could visit all of these for £18 with an Orkney Explorer Pass – a saving of £19.10.

4 How your pass works

Your Orkney 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 Orkney Explorer Pass is valid from April to September only.

When you buy an Orkney 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 Orkney and Shetland. 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 Orkney Explorer Pass in person at the first Historic Scotland property you visit.

5 Contact

Historic Environment Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place
Edinburgh
EH9 1SH

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

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