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Historic Environment Scotland

Historic Environment Scotland is a non-departmental public body, which ensures our historic environment is cared for, valued and preserved for future generations. Historic Scotland has over 300 locations that can be visited around Scotland. This includes all things castles and heritage. Historic Scotland offers a membership card that allows members free access to hundreds of sites throughout Scotland and also offers discount prices across England and Wales, making for the perfect gift!



What items are you promoting this Festive Season?

''You can give the past as a present this Christmas! By gifting a Historic Scotland membership, you are helping to protect Scotland’s heritage and national treasures. Each membership contributes towards ensuring Scotland’s heritage sites are preserved for future generations. It helps protect the fascinating collections and archives we look after and supports our research projects. A membership also gets you entry to Historic Scotland sites in Argyll and the Isles, the rest of Scotland all year round. It also gives you discounted entry to English Heritage and Cadw sites.''

What makes Historic Environment Scotland unique? 

''We are Historic Environment Scotland and look after over 300 heritage sites across the country. We are investigating, caring for and promoting Scotland’s historic environment. Additionally, we look after significant collections including more than 5 million drawings, photographs, negatives and manuscripts, along with 20 million aerial images of locations across the world. We invest in national and local organisations, supporting building repairs, ancient monuments, archaeological work.''

What are you most grateful for this year?

''We are incredibly grateful for our Historic Scotland Members, who are helping us look after Scotland’s heritage. Many of our fantastic members have chosen to support us throughout the national Lockdowns and we are humbled by their support.''

What are you most looking forward to this Festive Season?

''We are looking forward to being able to welcome visitors over the festive periods again this Christmas and hosting Christmas events at Edinburgh and Stirling Castle.''

What’s your favourite tradition during the festive season?

''Spending time with Family and Friends over the festive season!''

What makes Xmas in Argyll & The Isles so special?

''We have some fantastic sites in Argyll & The Isles and would love to welcome visitors to them this December. From the picturesque Kilchurn Castle to the mighty Dunstaffnage and the serene Iona Abbey, they make a great destination for you and your loved ones this year.''


- Julia, Historic Environment Scotland.


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