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Our free apps help you plan your adventures in Scotland and explore the sites in a new, interactive way.

Two re-enactors dressed in Renaissance clothing uses a mobile phone at Stirling Castle

1 Historic Scotland app

If you are looking to plan out your adventures to some of Scotland’s iconic historic attractions, the free Historic Scotland app is packed with everything you need to get inspired for your next holiday or day trip.

Intuitive and easy to use, the app allows you to search 300+ sites in the care of Historic Scotland by region or interest, such as ‘families’, ‘gardens’, ‘picnics’ and ‘military history’. You can also view all sites on an interactive map of Scotland.

Not sure where you want to go? Don’t worry - the app offers you a variety of ideas, including events in your area and itinerary ideas for every region of Scotland, with new content added regularly to provide a source of inspiration.


  • create your own Historic Itinerary and share on your social channels
  • search ‘what’s near me?’ within a 50km radius of your current location
  • ‘Inspire Me’ – find ideas on where to visit with the latest features and itineraries
  • search by region or ‘best for’ category
  • image galleries
  • interactive map view
  • pricing, opening times and facilities information
  • location and travel information
  • events search
  • Historic Scotland tweets and site closure notifications
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Are you having problems with the app? Do you think there is room for improvement? Let us know your thoughts and suggestions. Email us at marketing@hes.scot

2 Caerlaverock Castle Quest

Meet the characters of Caerlaverock Castle and discover what their lives were like here in 1312, as you bring them to life with our Castle Quest augmented reality game.

Explore the castle and grounds as you undertake your quest, hearing tales as you go from the staff as they prepare for the return of Sir Eustace Maxwell to Caerlaverock after the siege of 1300.

  • Hear stories from 11 members of the castle household; from our resident cook to a monk from neighbouring Sweetheart Abbey
  • Collect a piece of flag from each character you meet
  • Piece together your flag to complete your challenge

We will be expanding the quest to include the woodland walk and old castle when essential conservation works are complete. Stay tuned!

Learn about the fascinating history of Caerlaverock Castle and download the app before your visit:

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Are you having problems with the app? Do you think there is room for improvement? Let us know your thoughts and suggestions. Email us at marketing@hes.scot