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Discount Cards for Heritage/National Trust sites in Scotland

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Discount Cards for Heritage/National Trust sites in Scotland

Is it better to buy a Scottish Heritage Card or... a Scottish National Trust card or.... buy (in Australia) a National Trust Card for use in scotland ...... for a 14 day visit to Scotland.to visit sites such as Culloden, Glen Coe, and historic/archeological sites in Orkney and Shetland.

thanks - hope someone can help me...

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1. Re: Discount Cards for Heritage/National Trust sites in Scotland

National Trust for Scotland Annual Membership

25 & under £20.00

Individual £49.00

NTS Australia has reciprocal arrangements with NTS Scotland but neither website says exactly what those arrangements (free or discount admission) are.

Historic Scotland has 2 Explorer Passes

historic-scotland.gov.uk/index/…explorer.htm

buy at the first HS property you visit.

Each scheme applies only to its own properties.

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2. Re: Discount Cards for Heritage/National Trust sites in Scotland

So far as I know, a member of the Australian National Trust will be treated the same as a member of the National Trust for Scotland. Same applies with the National Trust in the rest of the UK.

Whether a visitor should buy NTS membership or a Historic Scotland pass (or both) depends on which sights will be visited.

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3. Re: Discount Cards for Heritage/National Trust sites in Scotland

I find the National Trust sites in Scotland are quite limited and that Historic Scotland is guardian of much more of the heritage. If you have a specific "wish list" of places then you would need to see which organisation runs them and figure out if it is worth it for you.

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4. Re: Discount Cards for Heritage/National Trust sites in Scotland

And just to make it more complicated there are plenty nice places that are part of neither scheme because privately owned.

You don't need a pass to tramp over Culloden moor, either. Some places are freely accessible, not via the visitor centre, obviously, in the case of Culloden. From a mean Scot.

Glencoe is a nice place, with lots of mountains, tracks, vantage points. No need for a ticket, though the NTS do have a visitor centre. Likewise other mountain areas like Ben Lawers or Beinn Eighe.

You would certainly expect to pay to go inside properties owned by HS and NTS, including castles like Edinburgh. Or have the necessary pass.

HS pass only worthwhile if you want to visit lots of HS properties. Otherwise cheaper to pay as you go. Ditto NTS.

Work out your shopping list and let us know ...

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5. Re: Discount Cards for Heritage/National Trust sites in Scotland

I made a list of the sites we wanted to visit and the admission fees for each one. The Explorer Pass was a worthwhile deal but the NTS pass would not be cost-effective for us. It just depends on what you want to see.

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6. Re: Discount Cards for Heritage/National Trust sites in Scotland

Thanks everyone for your help with discount cards... I think i will just bipass the visitors centres at Culloden and Glen Coe and enjoy the greeat outdoors for free...

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7. Re: Discount Cards for Heritage/National Trust sites in Scotland

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