YOUNG people in Ayrshire will be able to get entry to more than 600 historic places across Scotland for just £1 this summer.

The National Trust for Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland and Historic Houses will give discounted entry to young people in the hope of unlocking a new passion for Scotland’s history.

The £1 entry initiative is open to all Young Scot National Entitlement Card holders.

Originally introduced in 2018, the initiative has seen young people across the country save hundreds of thousands of pounds in entry fees to enjoy and explore Scotland’s rich heritage.

Philip Long OBE, chief executive of the National Trust for Scotland, said: “As part of our charity’s vision to deliver nature, beauty and heritage for everyone, our objective is to enable a greater number of people and communities to access our properties to enjoy all they have to offer.

Ayr Advertiser: Culzean Castle, by Gordon Angus TaylorCulzean Castle, by Gordon Angus Taylor (Image: Gordon Angus Taylor/South Ayrshire On Camera)

"With this in mind and with the current cost of living crisis, our charity wants to make sure our places are still accessible to young people, as we know how important it is that they’re given the opportunity to engage with Scotland’s natural and built heritage."

Kirsten Urquhart, chief executive of Young Scot, commented: “Supporting young people to visit remarkable historical sites using their Young Scot National Entitlement Card is a brilliant way to create opportunities so they can access positive experiences – and explore Scotland.

"We are therefore delighted to continue our partnership with the National Trust for Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland, and Historic Houses.

"As young people navigate the impact of the cost crisis, initiatives such as £1 entry to historical sites and free bus travel for under 22s are integral to ensuring young people continue to live well, thrive, and have fun.”

Which Ayrshire properties are taking part in the scheme?

Ayrshire properties participating in the scheme include:

- The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway

- Souter Johnnie’s Cottage in Maybole

- Culzean Castle

- The Bachelors’ Club in Tarbolton

- Brodick Castle

- Dundonald Castle

As well as properties across Ayrshire, the offer extends to all NTS and Historic Environment Scotland ticketed properties around the country - as well as to selected attractions run under the 'Historic Houses' banner, including Inveraray Castle in Argyll, Blair Castle near Pitlochry, and Hopetoun House in South Queensferry.

Alex Paterson, chief executive of Historic Environment Scotland, said: “History is not only about the past. It is also a vital part of our daily lives today. As an organisation, our vision is ‘Heritage for All’, and widening opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to engage with Scotland’s world renowned historic environment.

“We know how difficult things are for people just now and engaging with heritage has lots of benefits including well-being.

"We’re therefore really pleased to work with partners to provide significantly discounted access to many of our sites and attractions – including Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle, and hope as many young people as possible take the opportunity to experience Scotland’s rich and diverse heritage.”