- Stirling Castle is currently operating random bag searches and you will not be permitted entrance with suitcases or large rucksacks.
- Please also be aware that there is also no storage facilities for prams or pushchairs.
- A 3 day pass is valid over 5 days and can be used on any 3 days within that 5 day period.
- A 7 day pass is valid over 14 days and can be used on any 7 days within that 14 day period.
- When purchasing the pass, please select the date of your visit and your pass will become valid from your selected date.
- Multiple sites may be visited in any one day and only one visit per site is permitted.
- Free entry to 78 attractions.
- Fast track entry to Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle.
- Free programme of daytime events.
- 20% discount on audio tours at Edinburgh Castle.
- Winter Explorer Pass: 1 November – 31 March
- Summer Explorer Pass: 1 April – 30 September
Explorer Passes Offer Access to all of these attractions.
Passes are flexible to suit the length of your stay
Edinburgh and the Lothians
1. Blackness Castle
2. Cairnpapple Hill
3. Craigmillar Castle
4. Crichton Castle
5. Dirleton Castle and Gardens
6. Edinburgh Castle
7. Linlithgow Palace
8. Seton Collegiate Church
9. Tantallon Castle
10. Trinity House Maritime Museum
The Scottish Borders
11. Dryburgh Abbey
12. Hermitage Castle
13. Jedburgh Abbey
14. Melrose Abbey
15. Smailholm Tower
Dumfries and Galloway
16. Caerlaverock Castle
17. Cardoness Castle
18. Dundrennan Abbey
19. Glenluce Abbey
20. MacLellan’s Castle
21. New Abbey Corn Mill
22. Sweetheart Abbey
23. Threave Castle
24. Whithorn Priory and Museum
Glasgow, Clyde and Ayrshire
25. Bothwell Castle
26. Craignethan Castle
27. Crossraguel Abbey
28. Dumbarton Castle
29. Dundonald Castle
30. Glasgow Cathedral
31. Newark Castle
32. Rothesay Castle
33. Rowallan Castle
Will the tour pick-up from my hotel?
Not unless you are staying at a hotel that is a designated pick-up (you will see options for these before you pay). This is because of Government actions to help prevent pollution, no tour operators have been allowed to make individual hotel pick-ups since 1st April 2017.
Are there toilets on the coaches?
Some coaches have toilets, some do not, but on all tours there are regular comfort stops of no longer than 2 hours apart, plus all places visited have toilets on site.
Will we have time for a full lunch stop whilst on tour?
Unless you book a tour that includes a specific lunch stop then no. Most tours are targeted at seeing as much as possible in one day and do not have time for a full stop. There are options to buy food and snacks at all sites visited, but these can be expensive and most people prefer to bring food and drink with them. Supermarkets, e.g. Tesco Express offer excellent and great value, pre-prepared food that is ideal for this. Here is a store finder link.
Will the tour return to for example London at the time stated or can it be late?
Most tours return at the expected time, but this is always subject to traffic and it is possible there could be a delay and so it is always wise to allow plenty of spare time if you are planning on booking theatre shows, trains or flights etc. after your tour.
What clothes should I wear?
It is always wise to check the weather forecast before setting out. It is good to plan in case of rain, with perhaps a shower coat and umbrella. There will likely be quite a bit of walking on tours and comfy shoes are a must and if any of the tour is on grass e.g. Stonehenge Inner Circle tours then waterproof shoes are sensible. It is often colder out of London than in London particularly if windy and a jumper or fleece in summer are wise and a warm coat in winter.
If visiting London how much time will it take to see all the main sites, will we have time for more than one out of London tour if we only have a week? How long in advance should I book tours?
It is a common mistake that people think it may take six days to see London and only allow a day for out of London tours. However there is so much to see out of London that four days to go out of London will be an amazing experience to see maybe all these locations, Dover, Canterbury, Leeds Castle, Hampton Court, Windsor, Winchester, Glastonbury, Stonehenge, Avebury, Bath, Stratford, Oxford and Warwick.
There are excellent day tours of London that see all of the main attractions in one day and then perhaps allow a further two days to see the Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros. Tour and other London attractions not included on the main tours and do not forget to book your show/theatre tickets well in advance too.
These are all very popular tours, most sell out well in advance and it is wise to book your tours, theatre and attractions several months in advance and you will find good planning in advance will optimise your holiday.
Is it better value to tour sites of London and out of London sites on our own, perhaps hiring a car?
No, fixed tours of both London and out of London are much better value than visiting sites individually and you will find going individually entrance costs alone will add up to more than the fixed tours, even before you factor in travel costs.
Do tours pick-up from any of the London airports?
Sorry no tours depart or return from any UK airports. There are however excellent rapid express trains for example the Heathrow Express.
Can you help me find a discounted best value hotel? Plus theatre/shows and other attractions?
Yes we certainly can and here are some useful links.
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