Historic Scotland FREE weekend - including Edinburgh Castle

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  1. As it does annually Historic Scotland is opening its doors free of charge, the best value for money is probably Edinburgh Castle but all the rest are listed below:

    "For one weekend only, on 12 and 13 April 2008, the doors, drawbridges, hatches, portcullises and gates on over 70 Historic Scotland attractions will open to the public for free, as Historic Scotland encourages visitors to discover more about the nation’s fascinating past."

    Properties included in the Free Weekend

    Caerlaverock Castle
    Cardoness Castle
    Dundrennan Abbey
    Glenluce Abbey
    MacLellan’s Castle
    New Abbey Corn Mill
    Sweetheart Abbey
    Threave Castle
    Whithorn Priory – open 10.30 to 17.00

    Dryburgh Abbey
    Hermitage Castle
    Jedburgh Abbey
    Melrose Abbey (please note this does not include Cloister House)
    Smailholm Tower

    Blackness Castle
    Cairnpapple Hill
    Craigmillar Castle
    Crichton Castle
    Dirleton Castle and Gardens
    Edinburgh Castle – open 09.30 to 18.00; last admission 17.15
    Linlithgow Palace – last admission 16.45
    On Saturday 12 April some parts of the Palace will have restricted access between 11.00 to 13.30 due to a wedding taking place. There will be no car parking at the Palace on that day. To fully enjoy exploring the Palace, visitors are advised to come on Sunday 13 April instead.
    Seton Collegiate Church
    Tantallon Castle
    Torphichen Preceptory – open 13.00 to 17.00
    Trinity House, Leith – open 12.00 noon to 16.00; last admission 15.30

    Bothwell Castle
    Craignethan Castle
    Crossraguel Abbey
    Dumbarton Castle – last admission 16.45
    Dundonald Castle – open 10.00 to 17.00
    Glasgow Cathedral – open Saturday 09.30 to 17.00; Sunday 13.00 to 17.00
    Newark Castle
    Rothesay Castle

    Argyll’s Lodging
    Bonawe Historic Iron Furnace
    Castle Campbell and Garden
    Doune Castle
    Dunblane Cathedral – open Saturday 09.30 to 17.30; Sunday 14.00 to 17.30
    Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel
    Inchmahome Priory – last ferry sailing 16.30
    Iona Abbey
    Kinneil House – open 12.00 noon to 16.00 numbers permitted indoors are limited at any one time
    Stirling Castle – open 09.30 to 18.00; last admission 17.15

    Aberdour Castle and Gardens
    Dunfermline Abbey and Palace
    Inchcolm Abbey – charge for ferry crossing
    St Andrews Castle and Cathedral

    Arbroath Abbey
    Edzell Castle and Garden
    Elcho Castle
    Huntingtower Castle
    Lochleven Castle – last ferry sailing 16.30
    Meigle Sculptured Stone Museum
    St Serf’s Church, Dunning
    Stanley Mills

    Balvenie Castle
    Corgarff Castle
    Dallas Dhu Distillery
    Elgin Cathedral
    Fort George – last admission 16.45
    Huntly Castle
    Kildrummy Castle
    Kinnaird Head Castle Lighthouse and Museum
    Spynie Palace
    Tolquhon Castle
    Urquhart Castle – open 09.30 to 18.00; last admission 17.15

    The Blackhouse, Arnol – open Saturday only
    Calanais Standing Stones and Visitor Centre – visitor centre open Saturday only
    Kisimul Castle, Barra
    Bishop’s and Earl’s Palaces
    Broch of Gurness
    Hackness Battery
    Skara Brae and Skaill House

    Jarlshof prehistoric and Norse settlement

    For further information:
    Historic Scotland Events team - 0131 668 8885
    Email: hs.events@scotland.gsi.gov.uk
    Web: http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/index/places/events/event_detail.htm?eventid=17449
  2. Good to know. They are also free for the rest of the year to card carrying members of the forces.
  3. Stirling Castle is not unless you are 5 Scots (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders), or at least that's what they told me when I last went.

  4. Might be a local regulation, ask to see their discounts handbook under the till, MOD discount is No 300 ish.