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Historic Scotland Explorer Pass provided by Edinburgh Castle

Historic Scotland Explorer Pass

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Customize your own sightseeing itinerary with a Historic Scotland Explorer Pass, which proves the ideal choice for first-time visitors with an interest in British history. Depending on your schedule, you can choose between a 5- or 14-day pass, and enjoy access to more than 77 top attractions. Plus, you’ll save time waiting in line on the day of your ticket collection by booking in advance.
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  • 1
    Edinburgh Castle
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
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  • 2
    Aberdour Castle
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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  • 3
    Arbroath Abbey
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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  • 4
    Caerlaverock Castle
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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  • 5
    Cardoness Castle
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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  • 6
    Craigmillar Castle
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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  • 7
    Dallas Dhu Whisky Distillery
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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  • 8
    Doune Castle
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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  • 9
    Duff House
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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  • 10
    Dumbarton Castle
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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  • Discover Scotland's highlights at your own pace with a Historic Scotland Explorer Pass
  • Your pass covers top attractions such as Edinburgh Castle and Sterling Castle
  • Save time waiting in line at attractions by booking in advance
  • Receive a 20% discount on an audio tour at Edinburgh and Stirling Castle plus a map and souvenir passport
Important Information
5 days
  • 20% discount on audio guides at Edinburgh and Stirling Castles
  • Entry/Admission - Edinburgh Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Aberdour Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Arbroath Abbey
  • Entry/Admission - Caerlaverock Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Cardoness Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Craigmillar Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Dallas Dhu Whisky Distillery
  • Entry/Admission - Doune Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Duff House
  • Entry/Admission - Dumbarton Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Dunblane Cathedral
  • Entry/Admission - Dunfermline Abbey and Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Dunstaffnage Castle & Chapel
  • Entry/Admission - Elcho Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Elgin Cathedral
  • Entry/Admission - Fort George
  • Entry/Admission - Glasgow Cathedral
  • Entry/Admission - Hermitage Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Inverness Cathedral
  • Entry/Admission - Jedburgh Abbey
  • Entry/Admission - Linlithgow Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Lochleven Castle
  • Entry/Admission - MacLellan's Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Melrose Abbey
  • Entry/Admission - Newark Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Skara Brae
  • Entry/Admission - Spynie Palace
  • Entry/Admission - St Andrews Castle
  • Entry/Admission - St Andrews Cathedral
  • Entry/Admission - St Serf's Church and Dupplin Cross
  • Entry/Admission - St Vigeans Stones and Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Stanley Mills
  • Entry/Admission - Stirling Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Tantallon Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Bishop's and Earl's Palaces
  • Entry/Admission - Threave Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Tolquhon Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Trinity House Maritime Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Urquhart Castle
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation to/from attractions
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • You will need to collect your pass from one of several redemption points
  • Pass is valid from the time of first use
  • The pass may only be used by the person that has purchased it. Identification may be required at some attractions
  • There will be no refunds or replacements for lost or stolen passes.
  • Passes are valid for either 3 consecutive days, 7 consecutive or 14 consecutive days
  • Multiple sites can be visited on any single day. Any specific site can only be visited once
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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UKTravellers89 wrote a review Jul 2020
Mold, United Kingdom203 contributions163 helpful votes
Unbelievable! We didn’t want to have our first break after lockdown in Galloway/ Kippford area but didn’t expect to be abused for being English, (we’re from Wales!) Very sad
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Date of experience: July 2020
MariaCBTraveler wrote a review May 2020
Laurel Springs, NJ212 contributions45 helpful votes
We loved using our Historic Scotland Explorer Pass. It saved us time, allowing us to move right to the entrance at many sites and skipping the queue. It also helped us find other places of interest that we may have missed otherwise.
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Date of experience: July 2019
DMJLutz wrote a review Apr 2020
7 contributions1 helpful vote
We walked from our hotel on the very 1st full day in Edinburgh! We had the sunshine out which made for gorgeous photos! This was one place I'm so happy we got to. The Historic Scotland pass allowed us to walk right in& not have to stand in line for tickets! We used it many
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Diana B wrote a review Mar 2020
San Jose, California36 contributions4 helpful votes
Used the Historic Scotland pass here and several other venues. No matter how you approach, the castle is up a hill. We climbed a long staircase but coming in from the Royal Mile is easier. So much to see and terrific vistas from the walls. Hint: best Tablet is found here in a
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Date of experience: September 2019
fachufaheem wrote a review Mar 2020
163 contributions15 helpful votes
Great views from the castle walls. Surreal to be standing in such an old building and appreciating the long history it's been through. Due to it's popularity it was very crowded. If you're doing the Hop On Hop Off Bus, hold onto your ticket when you present it at the castle, as
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Date of experience: July 2019
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By: Edinburgh Castle
Too cool
A castle build on an old volcano! Yes plz! We stayed across the start so we could see the castle at night. This cas
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Half Closed but Still Worth the Ticket.
I visited Edinburgh Castle on the first week of re-opening post Covid Lockdown. You need to pre-book online (not ex
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We bought our tickets online to guarantee entry for our visit to Edinburgh. The weather was misty and slightly rain
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Darren B
Was ok
All parts of the castle don't appear to be open yet . The family and I were around it in not much more than an hour
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Awesome castle and views.
We visited the castle after a few days touring in the very North of Scotland and it was lovely to be in a busy area
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Nice but with full visit available...check before you book
I am sure this place is excellent, but unfortunately I came after COVID restrictions were lifted and the Castle was
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Nice visit, not all areas open yet
We enjoyed our visit, some of the indoor areas are open and lots of information boards so we learned a lot. The sho
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Historic castle
A trip to Edinburgh is not complete unless you visit the castle. You do need to pre book a time slot to guarantee e
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Edinburgh Castle
Spectacular inside and out! Steeped in history and has changed hands so many times. In a way, tells the tale of Sco
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Must visit!
Edinburgh castle is huge and I recommend setting aside at least 2.5 hours when visiting. Lots to see and learn whil
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Checking out the local history
Wow there are so many beautiful historic buildings in edinburgh and this one is gorgeous! Made my day to finally ma
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Loved this
A brilliant location and the audio guide is a must - a real shame that so many indoor spaces are shut due to Covid,
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Anna K
Great Views
Although pretty and lovely surrounding views (Carlton Hill or Arthur's Seat offer slightly better); we were a littl
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Susan S
Nearly empty
Spent a nice few hours wandering around the castle. The audio guides are a must and bring the castle to life!! Unf
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We spent a lovely morning visiting the castle including the one o’clock gun salute. Sad though that due to Covid 19
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Key Details
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Printed Paper Ticket Required
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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