Historic Environment Scotland has announced it will be giving away thousands of free tickets for more than 30 attractions across two days at the end of this month.

The ticket giveaway, launched to celebrate St Andrew’s Day, Scotland’s official national day, will allow members of the public to visit attractions for free on November 30 and December 1.

Some of the attractions included in the initiative are Edinburgh and Stirling castles, the Border Abbeys and the Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae in Orkney.

Stephen Duncan, director of commercial and tourism at HES, said: “I’m delighted to announce details of this year’s Ticket Giveaway, which offers free entry to a host of our winter-opening ticketed attractions over the St Andrew’s Day weekend.

“We want to encourage communities to come together and explore Scotland’s history and heritage this St Andrew’s Day. Whether it be abbeys, castles, churches or palaces, there’s something for everyone.

“If you’ve never visited your local historic site, this is the perfect opportunity to get out and discover Scotland’s fascinating past for free.”

Registration for free tickets is open now until November 28.

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