Over 40 of Scotland’s heritage attractions will be giving away thousands of free tickets to people who pre-register online as part of this year’s St Andrew’s celebrations.
The giveaway, run by Historic Scotland, includes attractions such as Edinburgh Castle, the newly refurbished renaissance palace at Stirling Castle and Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness. In Perthshire and Angus, attractions taking part are Arbroath Abbey and Huntingtower Castle.
Visitors need to register in advance at a special website, www.ticketgiveaway.co.uk, in order to download a free ticket for each person for the attraction they would like to visit over the weekend of Saturday, December 1, and Sunday, December 2.
Edinburgh Castle will have a limit of 5,000 tickets and Stirling Castle will have a limit of 3,500 over the weekend, in order to ensure that visitors have the best possible experience. Edinburgh Castle and St Andrews Castle and Cathedral will once again be free to walk up visitors on Friday, November 30. This is to provide visitors with the opportunity to view the Honours of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny on Scotland’s national day, both of which reside at Edinburgh Castle.
The ticket giveaway is part of the Scottish Government’s Winter Festivals programme – which celebrates three of the country’s most distinctive festivals - St Andrew’s Day, Hogmanay and Burns Night.
Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs said: “This is a great opportunity for people to get out and about and explore their history and heritage, during the St. Andrew’s celebrations.
“Edinburgh Castle was voted the top UK Heritage Attraction at the recent British Travel Awards. Stirling Castle was voted the best Visitor Attraction at the Thistle Awards and the best-loved UK attraction by readers of ‘Which?’ magazine. These are fantastic accolades which showcase the continued appeal of some of our most well known historic attractions to visitors both at home and around the globe. There are also lots of fantastic hidden gems taking part, making this a great opportunity to find out more about Scotland’s past.”