A colour illustration of what looks like a magnifying glass, but it holds a clock face. It is floating in an imaginary landscape of rocks; text reads "Put the past in your pocket."

A selection of the cards available to collect, shown beside the card sleeve. The top one is Tall Tower, and the others are spread out below like a deck of cards.

Member Exclusive - The History Hunt

As a valued member you can collect a card from Scotland’s amazing history when you visit one of our legendary sites. Grab them all to become a heroic History Hunter!

How it works:

Every one of our staffed sites has one of 7 specific collectible cards, only available to members. If you don’t want doublers, look for new places to visit below. If you want to be a History Hunter, your quest is to collect all 7! Remember to show your membership card on-site to redeem your card.

Every card has a rating of Craft, Power and Enchantment which means you can challenge your friends to a showdown and see who’s really the greatest History Hunter! Make sure to ask for your card sleeve when collecting your first card so you can keep them ­all together.

Instructions printed on cards which look like the collectible ones. They say (1) Check out the list below to find out which sites have the card that you seek. Remember, only our staffed sites have cards! (2) Pick up your card from the till point. Only members can take part, so make sure you have your membership card ready to show. (3) Once you’ve collected all 7 cards you’ll be knighted a true History Hunter! Show your full set to a member of staff to get your badge.

  • Balvenie Castle
  • Blackness Castle
  • Bothwell Castle
  • Caerlaverock Castle
  • Cardoness Castle
  • Castle Campbell
  • Craigmillar Castle
  • Craignethan Castle
  • Dirleton Castle
  • Doune Castle
  • Dumbarton Castle
  • Dundonald Castle
  • Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Elcho Castle
  • Fort George
  • Hermitage Castle
  • Kildrummy Castle
  • Kisimul Castle
  • Lochleven Castle
  • Rothesay Castle
  • St Andrews Castle
  • Stirling Castle
  • Tantallon Castle
  • Threave Castle
  • Urquhart Castle

  • Arbroath Abbey
  • Dryburgh Abbey
  • Dunblane Cathedral
  • Dundrennan Abbey
  • Dunfermline Abbey & Palace
  • Elgin Cathedral
  • Glenluce Abbey
  • Glasgow Cathedral
  • Inchcolm Abbey
  • Inchmahome Priory
  • Iona Abbey and Nunnery
  • Jedburgh Abbey
  • Melrose Abbey
  • Torphichen Preceptory
  • Seton Collegiate Church
  • St Andrews Cathedral (temporarily collect from St Andrews Castle)
  • Sweetheart Abbey
  • Whithorn Priory and Museum

  • Aberdour Castle and Gardens
  • Bishop’s and Earl’s Palaces 
  • Crichton Castle
  • Duff House
  • Edzell Castle and Garden
  • Huntingtower Castle
  • Huntly Castle
  • Linlithgow Palace
  • MacLellan’s Castle
  • Newark Castle
  • Spynie Palace
  • Tolquhon Castle

  • Broch of Gurness
  • Corgarff Castle
  • Hackness Martello Tower and Battery
  • Smailholm Tower 
  • St Andrews Cathedral (St Rule’s Tower - temporarily collect from St Andrews Castle)

  • Biggar Gasworks Museum
  • Bonawe Historic Iron Furnace
  • Kinneil House
  • New Abbey Corn Mill 
  • Stanley Mills

  • Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement
  • Linlithgow Palace (Linlithgow Peel)
  • Skara Brae
  • The Blackhouse, Arnol

  • Cairnpapple Hill
  • Maeshowe Chambered Cairn
  • Meigle Sculptured Stone Museum
  • Ring of Brodgar and Stones of Stenness (May to September only)
  • St Serf’s Church and Dupplin Cross
  • St Vigeans Stones and Museum

Please check historyawaits.scot to see which sites are currently open.

The arm of a person holding the 3 rare cards fanned out. The front card has a drawing of a knight on horseback.
Rare Cards

This summer, you can collect three of our rare cards at special events and anniversary celebrations across the country. These will be available for a limited time only, so make the most of your Membership and collect them at the below sites and events.

Spectacular Jousting - Grab your knight in shining armour at Linlithgow Palace on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June and at Caerlaverock Castle on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July.

Elgin 800 - The Lantern of the North is celebrating its big birthday and you can collect your rare card from 1 to 31 July to join the celebrations.

Siege at the Forth - Head to the shores of the Forth at Blackness Castle to pick up this rare card on Saturday 7 September and Sunday 8 September.

Once they’re gone, they’re gone, so visit our sites this summer and enhance your History Hunt Collection. Please book your event tickets in advance to guarantee entry.

Terms and Conditions apply.

Got a question?

Contact us or speak to a member of staff on site.