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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
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.
2. National Trust for Scotland Membership
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.
3. 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.
4. RSPB Membership
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.
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.
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.
7. Free Bus Travel for 5–21-year-olds
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.
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.
9. Edinburgh City Pass
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.
10. Spirit of Scotland Travel Pass
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!
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.