• Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Duration: Varies
From USD $ 44.28 View price calendar

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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

Valerie S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

AWESOME pass. We wish we just had more time to do all the castles. Well worth the cost.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Simply amazing line skipping

Colleen M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

It was easy to exchange at Edinburgh Castle and the young lady was very helpful in explaining everything.

Sue-Anne W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Well worth using the Explorer Pass even though we were mostly in Edinburgh. We saw and enjoyed Melrose Abbey, Craigmillar Castle, Edinburgh Castle, and Stirling Castle. Tip for Edinburgh Castle: go in the morning. We arrived at noon and had to wait an hour for the audio headsets as they were all in use. Definitely worth renting but the wait was very long. I think our favorite was Stirling Castle -- not as crowded and they had several very excellent tours included. The Oxfam book shop in Stirling was a big hit with family members too.

John P United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

We used this pass for a number of locations- Stirling and Edinburgh Castles, Elgin Cathedral, Blackness Castle, Linlighgow Palace, Urquhart Castle, Glasgow Cathedral, Holyrood Abbey, and Kilchurn Castle. Just by visiting Stirling and Edinburgh, the pass pays for itself. We were in Scotland for 10 full days, so we got the 7 day pass, meaning on 7 of the 10 days, we could enter an unlimited number of locations free with the pass. If you are visiting multiple historic locations on Historic Scotland's list of properties, by all means, get the pass!

Martha G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Well worth it. My only suggestion is that the tickets given were simply printed on paper like a receipt. Extremely easy to lose or throw away. Real tickets or a pass card would be SO MUCH BETTER!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

Well worth it! We used the pass in enough places that it paid for itself and then some.

Richard O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

What a fantastic purchase and experience. The admission to Edinburgh Castle alone was worth the price, but it also included Stirling Castle and so much more. Having the pass encouraged us to explore some of the lesser known sites which were well worthwhile. Wonderful time.


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.

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