Grab your golden ticket

Rothesay Castle is one of a number of Historic Scotland sites participating in the ticket giveaway.
Rothesay Castle is one of a number of Historic Scotland sites participating in the ticket giveaway.

Historic Environment Scotland is giving people across Argyll and Bute a golden ticket to some of the region’s most iconic heritage attractions as part of its annual ticket giveaway weekend.

On Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th November, visitors will have the chance to explore centuries of history across the length and breadth of the country – from a Neolithic Village in the Orkney Isles to a trio of abbeys in the Scottish Borders.

The MacDougall stronghold of Dunstaffnage Castle, Rothesay Castle which has links to dynasties of Norse and Stewart Kings, and Iona Abbey, a vibrant centre of Christian worship ever since St Columba arrived in AD 563 are amongst 32 attractions taking part in the promotion throughout Scotland.

Thousands of tickets have been released and visitors have from 11am on Tuesday, November 1 until 5pm on Friday, November 25 to register. Visitors can apply for a maximum of two adult and three family tickets to each historic property of their choosing. Family tickets admit up to two adults and three children. Tickets can be applied for through a dedicated website,, which also lists all participating sites.

Whilst there is no limit on the number of participating attractions that visitors can apply for tickets to, early online registration is being encouraged to avoid disappointment.

The two day event is part of the lead-in to Scotland’s wider St Andrew’s Day celebrations this year, and is part of the Scottish Government’s Winter Festivals initiative. This sees a number of events take place across Scotland, through Christmas and Hogmanay right up until Burns Night.

To mark the celebrations, social media users are being encouraged to take to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to share how they plan to mark St Andrew’s Day this year using the dedicated hashtag #ourstandrewsday.