Helping You Plan A Safe Trip During Covid-19

Many of our attraction and activity operators are taking considerable measures in order to help keep you as safe as they possibly can during Covid-19.

These may include the requirement to wear face masks, availability of hand sanitizers, social distancing measures, sanitation of transportation vehicles, timed tickets and other appropriate measures.

Please note not all of our operators will be reopening from one specific date, so an overview of the current situation is posted below. This will be updated on a regular basis, so as to provide the most up to-date information as possible.

Specific individual information is also being made available on each attraction or activity page once it becomes available.

Even with a Northern HighLights Pass, some attractions require pre-booking before visiting, so please check and plan your visit accordingly.

Some attractions and activities are currently busy due to limited visitor numbers and may not be able to guarantee the preferred slot or time that you wish to visit.

Also due to Covid 19 some of the inclusions on the Pass may be temporarily closed, so please remember to check if the attractions or activities you are particularly interested in, are open at the time you purchase you pass or for the time period you intend to use it for.

We will continue to update this website and our Northern Highlights Sightseeing Pass Social Media channels with inspirational ideas and experiences, sharing stories of our rich heritage and culture.

We thank you for your understanding, patience and support during what is a difficult time for all of us. 

As an independent local business, we are working closely with our local attractions and activity and tourism providers, so we can look forward to welcoming you to this wonderful corner of Scotland.

Whenever you decide to visit we hope you have a memorable and enjoyable time.

You can keep up to date with the latest advice HERE

Businesses Status

Currently our participating businesses are following the Scottish Government’s guidelines and safety measures and most are now open.
We continue to update our website at regular intervals with the participating businesses status as they become operational on the Pass.
  • Belwade Farm – TBC
  • Balmoral Castle & Estate – Grounds – Gardens – Exhibitions currently closed to the pass holders.
  • Escape 808 – TBC
  • Aberdeen Performing Arts – (HMT Aberdeen) – TBC
  • NTS – Leith Hall – Tours currently closed to the pass holders
  • NTS – Pitmedden Garden – Tours currently closed to the pass holders
  • NTS – Crathes Castle & Gardens – Tours currently closed to the pass holders
  • NTS – Fyvie Castle & Gardens – Tours currently closed to the pass holders
  • NTS – Barry Mill – Tours currently closed to the pass holders
  • NTS – JM Barrie’s Birthplace – Tours currently closed to the pass holders
  • NTS – Castle Fraser – Tours currently closed to the pass holders
  • NTS – Craigievar Castle & Gardens – Tours currently closed to the pass holders
Visiting any of the NTS properties, please read their NTS Guide on what to expect before you visit.
Last updated August 2nd 2021

Other useful information...


In the meantime if you are looking for inspiration to help you explore and uncover new possibilities in your own local area, why not check out our “North East Blether” with a small selection of information from other organizations, which you may find helpful.

So whatever you choose to do in the next few weeks and months please do remember to stay safe and continue to follow the guidance to protect the environment, yourself and all our local communities.

Read more from the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.

What are my options if I have already purchased a Northern Highlights Pass?

Northern Highlights Passes purchased in advance are valid up until 31st December 2021. If you are considering postponing your trip to North East Scotland until a later time then you do not need to do anything at this point.

If, however, you would like to cancel your passes we will issue you with a full refund. Please email us at [email protected] with your name and pass numbers and we will process this for you.

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