Everyone wants your business, which is good news if you're looking for some welcome money savers.
I thought it would be a good idea to have them all on one page, so that when you're planning your travel itinerary, at least you'll know where to look to take advantage of anything that might save you some money. And when you're in the UK check out the Daily Deals for some great bargains.
We'll start by having a look at the Great British Heritage Pass, which gives you access to attractions not only in Scotland, but almost 600 properties throughout the UK, though we'll concentrate solely on Scotland for now.
Money Savers on Attractions & Properties
Great British Heritage Pass. Once you've bought the pass you don't need money to enter any of the attractions covered by it. You have entry to properties covered by The National Trust for Scotland, and Historic Scotland, plus when you show the pass you don't have to wait in any queues. You can buy a pass which will be valid for 4,7,15, or 30 days.
You can also buy a family pass and save even more. The pass covers entry to many of our castles, including Edinburgh and Stirling Castle, beautiful gardens, famous abbeys, country parks, museums and more.
For the full list and prices, see the Great British Heritage Pass website.
Historic Scotland's Explorer Pass. This pass works in much the same way as the Great British Heritage Pass, but it only covers properties in the care of Historic Scotland. With this one you can have the choice of a 3 day pass, which can be used over a 5 day period, a 7 day pass (to be used over 14 days) and a 10 day pass (to use over a 30 day period). Regional passes are available for Dumfries & Galloway, Scottish Borders, and Orkney. For more information, visit the Historic Scotland website.
The Edinburgh City Pass. Probably one of the best money savers if you are plannng to visit the capital, with entry to over 30 attractions. This pass also includes free return airport and city centre bus transport. You can buy a 1, 2, or 3 day pass online at the Edinburgh City Pass website.
Free Entry Attractions
Glasgow Museums. You can't get a better money saving tip than being told about something that's FREE! All of Glasgow's museums have no entry charge, including the Transport Museum, the Burrell Collection, and Scotlands top attraction, Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum. There are 13 museums across the city, the full list is on the Glasgow Museums website.
Edinburgh Museums. Many of the museums in Edinburgh also have no entry charge, including the Museum of Scotland, the Museum of Edinburgh, the Royal Museum, and the National Galleries of Scotland. More information is available on Come To Scotland, the official Scottish tourism website.
Discount Bus Travel Passes
Scottish Citylink Explorer Pass. Offers unlimited bus travel on any service at any time during the validity of the pass. You can choose from 3 days travel out of 5, 5 days out of 10, and 8 days out of 15. Prices start from £35. More information is available on the Scottish Citylink website.
Discount Rail Travel Passes
First Scotrail Freedom of Scotland Pass. This pass is valid for the Scottish rail network throughout the whole country and includes ferry services to and from the Islands. Covers any 4 out of 8 days consecutive travel or any 8 out of 15 consecutive days travel. The pass is also valid on all Caledonian MacBrayne scheduled ferry services within Scotland.
First Scotrail Central Scotland Rover Pass. Gives you unlimited rail travel for any 3 days out of 7. Covers the whole Central Belt from Glasgow to North Berwick, and stops in between, including Edinburgh and Perth.
First Scotrail Highland Rover Pass. This one gives you unlimited rail travel for any 4 consecutive days out of 8, and it also covers some coach and ferry travel. More information is available on the First Scotrail website.
The Trainline. This is a fantastic search facility for train timetables and prices for rail travel in Scotland, the UK and Eurostar. It also offers some money savers tips. You can save up to 65% when you buy your train tickets online. See the page Buy Train Tickets for more information.
Discount Ferry Travel Passes
CalMac Island Rover Pass. Buy the car ferry money saving passes and be free to explore the Islands of Scotland on any CalMac route. You can choose from an 8 or 15 day pass and travel as often as you want.
CalMac Island Hopscotch Pass. Explore some of the whisky distilleries of Scotland. Details of all passes are on the Caledonian MacBrayne site.
Accommodation Money Savers
Hostels in Scotland. The old image of hostels being used only by students and bagpackers has long gone, with hostels now the favoured option for many families. Some hostels are located in busy city centres and offer private acccommodation, family rooms, and are much cheaper than hotels. See the Hostels in Scotland page to search the best deals.
Find The Best Rates For Hotels In Scotland. A comprehensive search facility to browse thousands of hotels in hundreds of town and cities.
Search the best Holiday Cottages in Scotland. These cottages are usually found in quieter locations, ideal for relaxation or for outdoor actvities.
Hopefully some of the money savers featured here will help you to see more of Scotland by taking advantage of some of the discounts on offer.
For complete freedom to see Scotland at your leisure, why not Hire a Car You can ensure your visit goes smoothly by organising your car rental in advance. Some great rates and Satellite navigation hire are available.
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