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Your ticket to Scotland's history 

Free admission to over 70 of Scotland’s top visitor attractions is yours with an Explorer Pass (40 in winter).  

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

Multiple sites may be visited in any one day and one visit per site is permitted.

Explorer Pass Summer 2018

Buy an Explorer Pass valid for 3 days or 7 days and visit as many of our properties as you wish within that time – for no additional cost.

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

The Summer Explorer Pass is valid from 26 March 2018. 

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: 

Lochleven Castle - online booking available soon

Maeshowe Chambered Cairn - book your visit online

St Vigeans Sculptured Stones - call 01241 878 756

Trinity House Museum - call 0131 554 3289

Explorer Pass prices

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Summer 2018 Explorer Pass

Prices are valid from 26 March 2018.

3 Day Pass 7 Day Pass
Adult £31.00 £42.00
Student/Concession £24.80 £33.60
Child £18.60 £25.20
Family £62.00 £84.00

Your first visit using the pass must take place by 31 October 2018. Any unused passes will expire thereafter.

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

Buy your Summer 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 Summer 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

Admissions Team
Historic Environment Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place

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

Historic Scotland

The benefits

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    Free admission

    Free admission to over 70 paid attractions (40 in winter)

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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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    Discounted audio tours

    20% discount on audio tours at Edinburgh Castle

Two visitors admiring the great hall at Edinburgh Castle.