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Go Explore! 

From only £33, The Explorer Pass gives you access to all our attractions - a great value way to discover Scotland's history. By visiting just 2 of our attractions you start to save money.

Check out what sites you can visit with your pass by downloading our app, explore our sites online or alternatively download our Explorer Pass leaflet and map.

If you are purchasing an Explorer Pass, please make sure you read our terms and conditions.

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Only visiting a specific area of Scotland? Our Regional Explorer Passes could be for you! Available to purchase for use between 1 Apr and 30 Sept the passes are exclusively for Orkney, the Scottish Borders, Dumfries and Galloway and the Islands.

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

Urquhart Castle - coach groups please email ticketing@hes.scot

Please note: the Palace of Holyroodhouse is not included in the Explorer Pass and to access Holyrood Abbey (within the palace grounds), you must pay the entrance fee to the palace.


See how much you can save!

3 Day Explorer Pass, visiting... Cost (Adult)
Edinburgh Castle £19.50
Stirling Castle £17.50
Urquhart Castle £12.00
SAVING £16.00
7 Day Explorer Pass, visiting... Cost (Adult)
Edinburgh Castle £19.50
Jedburgh Abbey £6.00
Stirling Castle £17.50
Doune Castle £9.00
Urquhart Castle £12.00
SAVING £24.00
14 Day Explorer Pass, visiting... Cost (Adult)
Edinburgh Castle £19.50
Jedburgh Abbey £6.00
Stirling Castle £17.50
Doune Castle £9.00
Urquhart Castle £12.00
St Andrews Castle £9.00
Dallas Dhu Distillery £6.00
14 DAY PASS PRICE £45.00
SAVING £34.00
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Visit more, save more!

Pass prices, valid from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021:

Pass duration Adult Concession Child Family
3 Day £33.00 £26.50 £21.00 £66.00
7 Day £40.00 £32.00 £26.00 £80.00
14 Day £45.00 £36.00 £29.00 £90.00
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Categories Definition
Adult Aged 16-59yrs
Concession Aged 60yrs+, full-time student and unemployed
Child Aged 5-15yrs. Under 5s free
Family 2 Adults and up to 6 Children (5-15yrs)

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. 

Historic Scotland

Explorer Benefits

  • Free admission

    Free entry to over 70 Historic Scotland attractions (over 40 in winter)

  • Free events

    Free entry to Historic Scotland daytime events

  • Guaranteed entry

    Guaranteed entry to Edinburgh and Stirling Castles

  • Discounted audio guide

    20% discount on audio tours at Edinburgh and Stirling Castles and Glasgow Cathedral

Two knights on horses at the entrance of Linlithgow Palace