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How To See Scotland for Less

How To See Scotland for Less

With a little organisation you can see Scotland and save money too. Check out these passes, offers and deals and get ready to book your next visit. Already set? Some of these options would make a great gift idea for family and friends.

1. Historic Environment Scotland Explorer Pass

Threave Castle, Kirkcudbrightshire

Valid for 7 consecutive days, the HES Explorer Pass grants free entry to all HES sites that are open. It includes Edinburgh, Stirling and Urquhart Castles plus many more sites and a 20% discount on audio tours. No need to pre book, just turn up and show your pass.

Purchase an HES Explorer Pass

2. National Trust for Scotland Membership

Culzean Castle, South Ayrshire

With an NTS membership you’ll have access to NTS properties, free parking and be the first to hear about exclusive talks and behind-the-scenes glimpses of vital conservation work. Choose from a monthly subscription or lifetime membership, knowing that your support helps protect Scotland’s unique heritage.

Join the NTS

3. Beano/ScotRail Kids for a Quid

Beano/ScotRail Kids for a Quid

In partnership with Beano, ScotRail are offering £1 train tickets for kids aged between 5 and 15 for off-peak travel and weekends. Available to purchase all year round, you’ll also be entitled to free entry for one child at top attractions. No need to book in advance.

Find out more about Kids for a Quid

4. RSPB Membership

RSPB Mersehead, Dumfries & Galloway

The RSPB helps protect nature and wildlife, and you could be part of this by obtaining a membership. You’ll get unlimited free access into 170 nature reserves, a free gift and a subscription to the RSPB’s award-winning magazine.

Join and donate to the RSPB

5. Kids Pass

Make savings with family deals and discounts including up to 30% off cinema trips, up to 57% off days out, kids eat free and other exclusive offers. You can go for a 30-day trial for just £1.

Get the Kids Pass

6. Dundee Deals 

Heading for Dundee? Take a look at the VisitDundee website to find the latest Dundee offers and deals on accommodation, food and activities available in the city right now. Includes accommodation, things to do and food & drink.

Latest Dundee Deals

7. Free Bus Travel for 5–21-year-olds

Citylink bus service, Lochaber

You may not have heard that 5–21-year-olds living in Scotland can now apply to access free bus travel. Excellent news for those wishing to take public transport to explore Scotland. Parents must provide approval and apply on behalf of kids aged 5-15.

Young Persons’ free Bus Travel Scheme

8. ScotRail Club 50

If you’re over 50, ScotRail offers flat fares and discounts as part of its Club 50 promotion. Enjoy 20% off advance and off-peak tickets when you book online and benefit from savings on hot and cold drinks on board.

Join Club 50

9. Edinburgh City Pass

St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh

An Edinburgh City pass will come in very handy if you’re visiting Edinburgh soon. Valid for one, two or three days, your pass includes airport transfer with Edinburgh Trams, free entry to a selection of popular handpicked attractions plus intimate, memorable local tours.

Find out more about the Edinburgh City Pass

10. Spirit of Scotland Travel Pass

Waverley Station, Edinburgh

This one is perfect for people planning a tour of Scotland by train. Enjoy four days unlimited travel over eight consecutive days: £149. Or eight days unlimited travel over 15 consecutive days: £189. Travel on your chosen days is unlimited and you don’t need to book ahead – just hop on the train and go!

Unlock Scotland with the Spirit of Scotland Pass

It’s never a bad idea to check out the latest deals before you go on holiday. Here are some more great suggestions for cheap and budget travel, attractions and things to do.

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