Discounted sightseeing passes are a great way to save money on visits to castles, gardens, and historic houses. Just check what the pass offers against your itinerary to be sure it's worthwhile.
The Scottish Explorer Ticket, available from any staffed Historic Scotland (HS) property and from many tourist information centers, allows visits to HS properties for 3 days in a 5-day period (£30) or 7 days in a 14-day period (£40). The Discover Scotland pass is available for 3 days (£27), 7 days (£32), or 14 days (£37) and allows access to all National Trust for Scotland properties. It's available to overseas visitors only and can be purchased online and by phone, or at properties and some of the main tourist information centers.
Historic Scotland. 0131/668–8081; www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/explorer.
National Trust for Scotland. 0131/458–0303; www.nts.org.uk.