Historic Scotland
Discover the magic of Scotland’s real history as it is brought to life.

Disney•Pixar’s Brave paints a striking picture of Scottish history on the big screen, but you’ll be inspired by the real history of Scotland being brought to life before your eyes at one of the country’s celebrated attractions.


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With hundreds of fascinating places just waiting to be explored, Historic Scotland offers unforgettable experiences whatever your age. From ancient standing stones, mysterious chambered cairns and early carvings to iconic royal castles with great banqueting halls, medieval kitchens and striking sculptures, Scotland has it all in abundance.

The Callanish Standing Stones, Isle of LewisStart your own adventure and experience all that Historic Scotland has to offer with a trip back in time. Dating back thousands of years, delve into the mysteries of the ancient standing stones at the Ring of Brodgar and Stones of Stenness on Orkney, or Calanais Standing Stones on the Isle of Lewis. While you’re there, visit the Blackhouse and imagine what island life would have been like as you smell the peat fire burning in the heart of the house.

You’ll discover the tales of the historic royal families of Scotland at the magnificent Stirling and Edinburgh castles.  Gaze at the impressive Hunt of the Unicorn tapestries or the inspiring Stirling head carvings in the palace at Stirling Castle.  Sitting atop an extinct volcano with stunning views of the capital city, Edinburgh Castle has witnessed many of Scotland’s defining events and is home to the Scottish Crown Jewels.

The royal connection continues when you sail across the water to Lochleven Castle, where Mary Queen of Scots, another headstrong red-haired Scot like Merida, was once imprisioned. 

All these wonders can be enjoyed with the Historic Scotland Explorer Pass.

Stirling CastleContinue your adventure by taking part in an Historic Scotland event. Have a go at archery, see falconry in action and support your favorite knight on horseback at Linlithgow Palace. You can even dance with Renaissance ladies at Urquhart Castle in the Highlands or meet characters from the past and hear their stories.

Urquhart Castle, HighlandsYou’ve seen it on the silver screen in Brave, now experience Scotland’s colourful history for yourself at one of many Historic Scotland attractions.

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Winner!

VisitScotland’s Brave competition winner was Tania Trucchia, Horsham, UK. Congratulations!

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