Free entry to castle

Edzell Castle and Arbroath Abbey are amongst over 40 of Scotland’s top heritage attractions that will be opening their doors for free this November.

Historic Scotland is once again offering free admission to its winter ticketed attractions including Scotland’s number one tourist attraction, Edinburgh Castle, the newly refurbished renaissance palace at Stirling Castle and Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness as part of its St. Andrews ‘Visit For Free’ programme.

Visitors simply need to register in advance at a special website to download their free weekend pass which gives free access for up to two adults and three children to all ticketed Historic Scotland properties on Saturday and Sunday, November 26 and 27.

Edinburgh Castle and St. Andrews Castle and Cathedral will also be free to walk up visitors on the November 30 to give the opportunity to view the Honours of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny on Scotland’s national day which both reside at Edinburgh Castle.

The ‘Visit for Free’ programme is part of Scotland’s Winter Festivals – which celebrates three of the country’s most distinctive festivals- St. Andrews Day, Hogmanay and Burns Night.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop said: “Historic Scotland’s free admission is hugely popular with visitors and is a great way to kick start this year’s Winter Festivals campaign.

“Scotland is home to some of the most magnificent castles, abbeys and palaces in the world and this is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate St. Andrew by visiting one of these sites for free.”