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Scottish Borders Explorer Pass

1 Overview of the Scottish Borders Pass

Unlock hundreds of years of history at some of the top attractions in the Scottish Borders.

The Scottish Borders Explorer Pass is the ideal way to enjoy the abbeys and castles of south east Scotland and save money.

Benefits of a Scottish Borders Explorer Pass:

  • Visit five paid sites for £20 – a saving of £10 for an adult visitor
  • Pay only once
  • Valid for 30 consecutive days
  • Also available to purchase at participating sites

The Scottish Borders Explorer Pass is valid from April to September only

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2 Where your pass can take you

The Scottish Borders Explorer Pass is valid at:

  • Dryburgh Abbey, a remarkably complete medieval abbey where it’s easy to appreciate the monastic life
  • Jedburgh Abbey, once a frequent target for invading armies, with its garden and visitor centre containing carvings and artefacts
  • Melrose Abbey, a magnificent ruin with lavishly detailed masonry, thought to be the burial place of Robert the Bruce’s heart
  • Hermitage Castle, an eerie ruin with a history filled with murder, trysts, torture and treason
  • Smailholm Tower, a 1400s tower on a rocky outcrop, housing an exhibition of tapestries and costume dolls
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3 Prices, pass types and savings

Category Cost
Adult £20.00
Concession £16.00
Child £12.00
Family £40.00

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 the Scottish Borders attractions:

  • Dryburgh Abbey £6.00
  • Hermitage Castle £6.00
  • Jedburgh Abbey £6.00
  • Melrose Abbey £6.00
  • Smailholm Tower £6.00

Total cost £30.00

You can visit all of these sites for £20 with a Scottish Borders Explorer Pass - that’s a saving of £10.

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4 How your pass works

Your Scottish Borders 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 Scottish Borders Explorer Pass is valid from April to September only.

When you buy a Scottish Borders 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 Scottish Borders.

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 a Scottish Borders Explorer Pass in person at the first participating Historic Scotland property you visit.

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5 Contact us about the Scottish Borders Pass

Historic Environment Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place
Edinburgh
EH9 1SH

Telephone: 0131 668 8095
Email: ticketing@hes.scot

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