British Holiday Information

Many Scotland attractions offer free entry to celebrate St Andrew’s Day

As part of the Homecoming Scotland finale celebrations, and to celebrate St Andrew’s Day, many Scotland visitor attractions will offer free, or discounted entry over some, or part of the finale weekend. An initiative designed to encourage Scots and visitors to Scotland to celebrate Scotland’s heritage and culture on Scotland’s national day.

Listed below is just a small selection of the many free-entry visitor attractions on offer and dates applicable, but for full details of attractions, dates available, and to check opening times visit Scotland.org.

  • Blackness Castle
    visit for free on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th November
  • Edinburgh Castle
    visit for free on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th November
  • Linlithgow Palace – the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots,
    visit for free on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th November
  • Scottish Mining Museum
    visit for free on Monday 30th November
  • Edinburgh Zoo – home to more than 1,000 animals
    visit for free on Monday 30th November
  • Bothwell Castle – the largest 13th century castle in Scotland
    visit for free on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th November
  • Glasgow Cathedral
    visit for free on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th November
  • Dallas Dhu Distillery
    visit for free on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th November
  • Spynie Palace
    visit for free on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th November
  • The Blackhouse, Arnol, Isle of Lewis – a traditional, fully furnished Lewis thatched cottage
    visit for free on Saturday 28th
  • Iona Abbey – one of Scotland’s most historic and sacred sites
    visit for free on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th November
  • RSPB Scotland, Loch Gruinart Reserve
    visit for free on Monday 30th November
  • Urquhart Castle – one of Scotland’s largest castles
    visit for free on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th November
  • Arbroath Abbey – founded in 1178
    visit for free on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th November
  • Dirleton Castle – one of the oldest castles in Scotland
    visit for free on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th November
  • Glamis Castle – the legendary setting for Macbeth and childhood home of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother
    Monday 30th November: visit the gardens and grounds free of charge. Reduced admission for castle tour.
  • St Andrews Castle
    visit for free on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th November
  • St Andrews Cathedral
    visit for free on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th November
  • St Vigeans Sculptured Stones
    visit for free on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th November
  • Burns Cottage (within Burns National Heritage Park)
    Visit for free on Monday 30th November
  • Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel – temporary prison of Flora MacDonald in 1746
    visit for free on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th November
  • The National Wallace Monument
    visit for free on Saturday 28th, Sunday 29th and Monday 30th November
  • Melrose Abbey – thought to be the burial place of Robert the Bruce’s heart
    visit for free on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th November
  • Skara Brae
    visit for free on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th November