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Explorer Pass

A look at Explorer, Group Explorer and Regional Explorer passes, and how you can earn commission on pass sales.

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1 Overview

Our Explorer Pass is a flexible and cost-effective way for groups and individuals to discover over 70 staffed attractions. For each day that a pass is valid, its owner can visit as many of our locations as they like – for no additional cost.

You will earn 20% commission on all sales of our Explorer Pass. Passes can be included as part of a tour package or offered as an optional add-on. 

Download Explorer Pass Map

Explorer Pass benefits for your clients

  • Free admission to over 70 of our paid properties
  • Free entry to our year-round programme of daytime events
  • Fast track entry to Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle
  • 20% discount on audio tours at Edinburgh Castle
Please note the pass does not include admission to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. 

How it works

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.

A pass is activated on its first use. Multiple sites can be visited on any single day. Any specific site can be visited only once.

How to buy Explorer Passes

  • Order online through Group Sales
  • Collect on arrival using voucher exchange

Contact

Sales Support Team
Historic Environment Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place
Edinburgh
EH9 1SH

Telephone: 0131 668 8831
Email: trade@hes.scot

2 Explorer Pass prices

Passes valid for use between 1 April 2017 - 31 March 2018.

3 days – public price 3 days – trade price 7 days – public price 7 days – trade price
Adult £31.00 £24.80 £42.00 £33.60
Child £18.60 £14.88 £25.20 £20.16
Student/concession £24.80 £19.84 £33.60 £26.88
Family £62.00 £49.60 £84.00 £67.20

Pass types

Adult

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)

Child

Aged 5–15 (children under 5 admitted free).  
Must be accompanied by an adult

Family

2 adults and up to 6 children aged 5–15

3 Group Explorer Pass

Save yourself time and trouble with a Group Explorer Pass. Get a single pass to cover an entire group rather than issue and validate an individual pass for each guest.

Our Group Explorer Pass offers all of the same great benefits as our standard Explorer Pass – including the same competitive commission rates. But it can make your job much easier.

The Group Explorer Pass is also available to buy online through Group Sales.

Contact

Sales Support Team
Historic Environment Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place
Edinburgh
EH9 1SH

Telephone: 0131 668 8831
Email: trade@hes.scot

4 Regional Explorer Pass

For groups and individuals keen to explore a particular region of Scotland, we offer four different Regional Explorer Passes. Each lets the pass holder visit all of the region’s Historic Scotland properties over 30 days. 

You can buy Regional Explorer Passes for Dumfries and Galloway, Orkney, the Scottish Borders and the Western Isles. We offer trade customers 10% commission on Regional Explorer Passes.

Passes are valid for 30 consecutive days. A pass is activated on its first use. A number of sites in each region will close over winter. Visitors should check opening dates and times before visiting.

Find out about the properties covered by the:

Dumfries and Galloway Explorer Pass prices

Dumfries and Galloway – public price Dumfries and Galloway – trade price
Adult £19.50 £17.55
Child £11.70 £10.53
Student/concession £15.60 £14.04
Family £39.00 £35.10

Orkney Explorer Pass prices 

Orkney – public price Orkney – trade price
Adult £18.00 £16.20
Child £10.80 £9.72
Student/concession £14.40 £12.96
Family £36.00 £32.40

Scottish Borders Explorer Pass prices 

Scottish Borders – public price Scottish Borders – trade price
Adult £16.00 £14.40
Child £9.60 £8.64
Student/concession £12.80 £11.52
Family £32.00 £28.80

Islands Explorer Pass prices

Islands – public price Islands – trade price
Adult £18.00 £16.20
Child £10.80 £9.72
Student/concession £14.40 £12.96
Family £36.00 £32.40

Pass types 

Adult

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)

Child

Aged 5–15 (children under 5 admitted free)  
Must be accompanied by an adult

Family

2 adults and up to 6 children aged 5–15

Themed itineraries 

Mary Queen of Scots: Follow in her footsteps leaflet [PDF, 1.52MB]

Outlander themed itineraries leaflet [PDF, 2.09MB]

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