Visit Historic Sites for Free: St Andrew’s Day at Historic Environment Scotland

The registration for free tickets to Historic Environment Sites opened today,  Tuesday 12 November at

The tickets are for Saturday 30th of November and Sunday 1st of December


Maeshowe Photo Fiona Hunter

Members of the public will have until 5pm on Thursday 28 November to register online and apply for tickets to the attraction of their choice. Over 30 top Historic Scotland sites throughout the country will be taking part, including iconic castles in Edinburgh and Stirling; the awe-inspiring Border Abbeys and the remarkable Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae in Orkney.

Skara Brae

Skara Brae

This year’s campaign was launched at Jedburgh Abbey, just one of the sites participating in the giveaway. The theme of this year’s photoshoot was Abbeys, inspired by the Beatles Abbey Road album which celebrates its 50th year anniversary this year.

Ticket Giveaway Historic Environment Scotland

Commenting on this year’s Ticket Giveaway, Stephen Duncan – Director of Commercial and Tourism at HES said:

Edinburgh Castle“I’m delighted to announce details of this year’s Ticket Giveaway, which offers free entry to a host of our winter-opening ticketed attractions over the St Andrew’s Day weekend.

“Sadly, the only thing we don’t seem to have is an Octopus’s Garden, although there are gardens at some of our sites which are just as impressive!

“If you’ve never visited your local historic site, this is the perfect opportunity to get out and discover Scotland’s fascinating past for free.”

For a full list of participating sites and to apply for tickets, visit: Ticket Give Away

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