Several of Ayrshire's most historic sites will welcome visitors with free admission this winter.

Ayrshire residents are invited to explore the area’s rich heritage with Historic Environment Scotland’s (HES) Historic Sundays.

For six months, HES will offer free admission to participating Historic Scotland visitor attractions, which is part of Historic Environment Scotland, on the first Sunday of the month (October 1, 2023 through to March 3, 2024).

Ayrshire's Kilwinning Abbey, Dundonald Castle, Maybole Collegiate Church, Crossraguel Abbey and Loch Doon Castle are included in the free entry list.

People living in Scotland can access Historic Scotland winter ticketed sites by simply pre-booking online and showing their proof of address on arrival.

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Alex Paterson, chief executive of HES, said: “With over 5,000 years of history in our care, our historic buildings and monuments can tell us so much about the past, and how it continues to shape our world today, from being the backdrop to film locations to attracting millions of people from around the world and closer to home.

“We think it’s vital people living in Scotland feel history belongs to us all, and through our Historic Sundays initiative we hope more people will take the opportunity to discover the history on their doorstep, or explore further afield to sites they may not have seen until now.

"Engaging with heritage has lots of proven benefits, including well-being, and we very much hope people take the opportunity to explore these sites and be part of history.”

Advance booking is required. To book, and for a list of participating Historic Scotland sites, visit