Free Admission to Edinburgh Castle on St Andrew's Day

Submitted by edg on Thu, 14 Nov '13 6.23pm

As in previous years, government heritage agency Historic Scotland will be marking Scotland's national day, St Andrew's Day, by providing free tickets to 35 of its castles and heritage sites.

As well as free access to Edinburgh Castle, Scotland's top paid admission attraction, and Craigmillar Castle, you can get tickets to Blackness Castle, Dirleton Castle, Linlithgow Palace and Tantallon Castle, among others.

You can apply now for tickets to gain entry for up to two adults and three children through a pre-registration process at a dedicated website The site will remain open until 5pm on Friday, 29th November.

People can apply for tickets for either Saturday 30th November or Sunday 1st December.

The number of pre-registered tickets will be capped at each site. This includes 7,000 per day at Edinburgh Castle and 3,500 per day at Stirling Castle.

There is no limit to how many sites can be applied for.

“The Ticket Giveaway is a great opportunity for people to enjoy the heritage on their doorstep, or venture further afield, as part of the wider St. Andrew’s Day celebrations,” said Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop.

“Each site has a fascinating story to tell, from Stirling Castle which was home to many of the most famous Stewart Kings and Queens through to Skara Brae in Orkney, one of the best preserved prehistoric villages in Europe. Meanwhile, our countryside – from the Blackhouse in the Western Isles to the magnificent Borders abbeys - is dotted with reminders of Scotland’s past."

The freebies are part of the Scottish Government's Winter Festivals programme, which runs from St. Andrew’s Day on 30 November through to Burns Night on 25th January, taking in the Hogmanay celebrations over the new year.