Our first castle of Scotland was Edinburgh Castle where we made the decision to skip the line and purchase the Historic Scotland Pass. We knew we wanted to explore some castles during our three weeks in Scotland and the pass seemed like a good deal. Below are some of the places we visited and a breakdown of the cost.
ALL PRICES PER PERSON AND LISTED IN POUNDS
Edinburgh Castle 16
Fort George 6m W of Nairn-8.90-Includes Audio Guide
Urquhart Castle Loch Ness-7.90
Inverlochy Castle-2m NE of Fort William-Free
Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel-3m N of Oban-4.50
Dumbarton Castle-in Dumbarton 4.50
Crossraguel Abbey-2m south of Maybole-4.50
Maclellan’s Castle-In Kirkcudbright 4.50
Dundrennan Abbey-6.5m SE of Kirkcudbright 4.50
Glen Luce Abbey-2m NW of Glenluce Village 4.50
Cardoness Castle-1m SW of Gatehouse of Fleet 4.50
Threave Castle-3m W of Castle Douglas 4.50-Includes boat
Sweetheart Abbey-In New Abbey Village 4.50
New Abbey Corn Mill-7m S of Dumfries 4.50
Caerlaverock Castle-8m SE of Dumfries 5.50
Total 102.80 pounds=$172.72
The price of the pass was $141=84 Pounds for unlimited entry plus 20% off Audio Guides and Shops, 10% off Cafes
For us this worked out to be a savings. We took the time to explore tons of Historic Scotland properties, many off the beaten path. It was like a fun scavenger hunt to see what we could find. The pass is much less expensive for a two-week tourist pass, but since we didn’t know our route we opted for the annual pass that would cover our entire three weeks in Scotland as well as our time in England, although we didn’t end up seeing any castles in England.
Our take is if you hope to see lots of historic places and plan to go to the three big tourist castles; Edinburgh, Sterling and Urquhart, the pass is worth looking into.