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Build your own custom (and cost-efficient!) tour of Scotland’s best attractions with the Historic Scotland Explorer Pass! With your 3- or 7-day pass, visit castles, cathedrals, distilleries and more! Enjoy skip-the-line access to popular sites like Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle, and discounted audio tours at select venues. With free entry to more 78 attractions around the country, the Explorer Pass offers something for the whole family.


  • Choose between a 3-day or 7-day Historic Scotland Explorer Pass
  • Enjoy free entry to 78 of Scotland's top heritage attractions
  • Avoid the entrance lines at Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle with skip-the-line access
  • Visit attractions all over the country including Glasgow Cathedral and Melrose Abbey
  • Receive a 20% discount on an audio tour at Edinburgh and Stirling Castle plus a map and souvenir passport

What You Can Expect

Historic Scotland Explorer Pass

Visit St Andrews Cathedral and up to 77 other properties with a Historic Scotland pass!

Explore the best of Scotland more affordably with the Historic Scotland Explorer Pass, a 3- or 7-day ticket to the country’s key attractions. Choose whichever duration suits your schedule and design your perfect itinerary. (Please see itinerary below for sample list of attractions.)

Each pass includes free entry to 78 sites throughout Scotland, as well as the bonus ‘Skip-the-Line’ option at busy attractions like Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle. With your pass, you’ll also enjoy discounts on audio tours at certain sites, and a helpful country guide that includes maps, venue information and a souvenir ‘passport’ book to have stamped. Tour the country's majestic castles and mansions to learn about Scottish royalty, discover the lifestyle of ancient Scottish clans at Skara Brae Prehistoric Village, and pop into a traditional whisky distillery for a tour and a cheeky dram to warm the belly. 

Note: Both passes are valid from first use. The 3-day pass must be used on any three days in a period of five consecutive days. The 7-day pass, on any 7 days in a period of 14 consecutive days.

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Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

It is a great experience with the Historic pass, It save me money.

Susan R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

MUCH better value. Fewer attractions to see on this but they are all the MUST SEE places and very 'do-able' in the time frames offered.

Good value for money and no waiting in queues.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Very high value for the price. Was able to use it at several places. Wished we could have seen more

Suzan H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

It was wonderful and we enjoyed every moment!

Barry H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

On our trip we visited Glasgow Cathedral, Stirling Castle, Urquhart Castle, Balvenie Castle, St. Andrew's Castle, St. Andrew's Cathedral and Edinburgh Castle. We purchased out pass before leaving home and it was well worth it. The lines to get in weren't too long when we visited with the exception of Edinburgh Castle and there it was so nice to have a separate line to get to the ticket office. Well Worth It.

Ron S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Really liked the pass! Next time we need to rent a car in order to see more places.

Nikos P Greece

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Visit as many historical places of Historic Scotland not Royal as you can and it is great value for money.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The pass was wonderful and wonderfully priced from viator. We used it 6 times over the 3 days - well worth the money

Lisa B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This is well worth it to buy if you are visiting more than a few castles. You still have to wait in line. The only thing is there are only a few places that you can convert this purchase into the actual pass. Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle and a few others. So you need to make sure one of the spots is one of the first places you visit. Luckily we stopped at Stirling on our first day.

Louise M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Pays for itself and more!

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