Historic Scotland FREE weekend - including Edinburgh Castle

#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

DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY
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

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

EDINBURGH AND LOTHIANS
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

GLASGOW, CLYDE AND AYRSHIRE
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

CENTRAL AND WEST
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

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

PERTHSHIRE, KINROSS AND ANGUS
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

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

SHETLAND
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
 
#3
Axeman said:
Good to know. They are also free for the rest of the year to card carrying members of the forces.
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.

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