Explorer Pass

A flexible, convenient and cost-effective way to experience Scotland’s great historic attractions.

Explorer Passes are ideal for families, couples, individuals and groups.

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Pay once for entry to Historic Scotland’s 77 ticketed properties, from the royal castles of Edinburgh and Stirling to the ancient mystical sites of Skara Brae and Maeshowe on Orkney.

And we have handy itineraries with suggested routes, for example in Perthshire.

There are also Regional Explorer Passes for the Orkney islands, Scottish Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.

A Scottish Borders Explorer Pass unlocks three great Border abbeys and more – see the suggested itinerary.

Dumfries and Galloway is steeped in history, with castles and abbeys set in a beautiful landscape – our suggested itinerary tells you more.

Do you enjoy visiting the Western Isles? Yes, then our Island's Explorer Pass is for you. With four fascinating sites on four different islands and two on the mainland, it's the ideal way to enjoy the fantastic heritage sites offered in the West of Scotland. 

Benefits of the Explorer Pass include:

  • Free entry to 77 paid properties   
  • Free entry to fantastic daytime events 
  • Beat the queues at Edinburgh & Stirling Castles
  • Free souvenir passport to record your visits
  • 20% discount on audio guides at Edinburgh Castle

For more information and to buy the Explorer Pass please visit the Historic Environment Scotland website.

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