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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).  

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

Buy an Explorer Pass valid for 5 or 14 consecutive days and visit as many of our properties as you wish within that time – for no additional cost.

You can also buy an Explorer Pass in person at the first property you visit.

Search our paid sites (please note the Palace of Holyroodhouse is not included in the Explorer Pass).

Buy your Explorer Pass

Pre-booking is required at: 

Lochleven Castle - book your visit online

Maeshowe Chambered Cairn - book your visit online

St Vigeans Sculptured Stones - call 01241 878 756

Trinity House - call 0131 554 3289

Explorer Pass prices

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Prices are valid from 1 April 2019 - 31 October 2019.

5 Day Pass 14 Day Pass
Adult £35.00 £45.00
Student/Concession £28.00 £36.00
Child £21.00 £27.00
Family £70.00 £90.00

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

Admissions Team
Historic Environment Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place

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

Historic Scotland

The benefits

  • Free admission

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

  • Free events

    Free entry to daytime events

  • Guaranteed entry

    Guaranteed entry to Edinburgh and Stirling Castles

  • Discounted audio tours

    20% discount on audio tours at Edinburgh Castle

Two visitors admiring the great hall at Edinburgh Castle.