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Urquhart Castle


Your ticket to Scotland's history 

Special Winter Promotion

Free admission to over 70 of Scotland’s top visitor attractions is yours with an Explorer Pass and not only do you save money, we have extended the duration of the passes and included a retail discount. 
NEW for Winter 2017 
  • Passes valid for 5 or 14 consecutive days
  • 10% retail discount in our shops (exclusions apply)

Visit as many of our properties as you wish within that time – for no additional cost.

Multiple sites can be visited on any single day. You can visit a specific site only once.
Buy your Explorer Pass

When you buy an Explorer Pass online, you’ll receive an email with your pass attached as a PDF. This can be printed and used at any site. 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 Explorer Pass in person at the first property you visit.

Download the Explorer Pass map

Search our properties for places to visit (please note the Palace of Holyroodhouse is not included in the Explorer Pass).

Pre-booking is required at: 

Trinity House Museum (call 0131 554 3289)

Lochleven Castle (book on site or online)

St Vigeans Sculptured Stones (call 01241 878 756)

Maeshowe Chambered Cairn (book on site or online)

Explorer Pass prices

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Prices are valid from 14 November 2017.

Your first visit using the pass must take place by 29 March 2018. Any unused passes will expire thereafter.

5 Day Pass 14 Day Pass
Adult £25.00 £34.00
Student/Concession £20.00 £27.00
Child £15.00 £20.00
Family £50.00 £67.00

Please be aware, the Palace of Holyroodhouse is not included in the Explorer Pass.

Buy your Explorer Pass

Pass types



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)


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


2 adults and up to 6 children aged 5–15

Buy your Explorer Pass

If you're visiting just one region of Scotland, one of our Regional Explorer Passes could be for you:

If you are staying in Edinburgh only, then the Royal Edinburgh Ticket, which covers Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Yacht Britannia and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, is the ticket for you. It also offers unlimited travel on board all of Edinburgh Bus Tours' city tours. 


Here to help

Customer Service Team
Historic Environment Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place

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

Historic Scotland

The benefits

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    Free admission

    Free admission to 40 paid attractions

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    Free events

    Free entry to daytime events

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    Fast track entry

    Fast track entry to Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle

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    Retail Discount

    10% disount on retail items in our shops. Exclusions apply.

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    Discounted audio tours

    20% discount on audio tours at Edinburgh Castle

Two visitors admiring the great hall at Edinburgh Castle.