In an effort to persuade more people to pre-register online for this year’s St. Andrew’s celebrations, Historic Scotland is giving away free tickets to more than 40 of Scotland’s top heritage attractions. The sites include Stirling Castle, recently voted the UK’s best loved heritage attraction by members of Which? magazine, and Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness.
The promotion is part of the Scottish Government’s Winter Festivals programme which celebrates three of the country’s most distinctive festivals – St. Andrew’s Day, Hogmanay and Burns Night. People can download free tickets for the attractions they would like to visit. They’re able to specify how many they want; but they’re only valid for Saturday 1st December and Sunday 2nd December. The tickets are only available to those who register in advance at a special website.
According to Stephen Duncan, Director of Commercial and Tourism at Historic Scotland, “there is no limit on the number of sites that people can sign up for. However there are some restrictions on the number of tickets available at certain sites to maintain a quality visitor experience.” Edinburgh Castle’s allocation of free tickets has now all been used up.
He added: “Visitors need to register in advance to gain free access so we’d advise people to sign up as soon as possible so that they don’t miss out on the opportunity to visit a great heritage attraction for free.”