THE Herald is Scotland’s leading broadsheet and now you can try out a Premium Plus subscription to our website for free.

For a limited time, if you aren’t already part of The Herald family, you can take out a free 30-day digital subscription.

You'll also save more than 25% on an annual subscription if you take it out following the trial, paying £86 and receiving an Arran Gin Hamper gift to go with it. Our monthly subscription price is £9.99.

The Herald is where Scotland comes together to debate the biggest issues: How does Scotland recover from the pandemic? How do we grow our struggling economy? Where next for our schools and universities? Can we strengthen our health service? And, of course, the great constitutional question: independence, devo-max or the status quo – we will help you explore the potential benefits and drawbacks of each possible future.


Each day, our teams of specialist writers, columnists and experts explore in depth the challenges Scotland faces. We are not here to tell you what to think, or to push a political agenda. We are not tied to any party or position. We are here to provide a platform for honest, sometimes passionate, debate.

Our politics teams, led by Tom Gordon in Holyrood, and Hannah Rodger in Westminster, give you unrivalled insight into what our elected representatives are up to – and why. On health, Helen McArdle explains what the blizzard of figures around Covid means and we lead the way on coverage of education, business and sport.

Every day, our columnists, such as Mark Smith, Kevin McKenna, Iain Macwhirter and Rebecca McQuillan bring you views from across the political spectrum. 

A subscription gives you full access to which is updated all day long with breaking news. It also allows you to enjoy our weekend Herald Magazine, packed with set-piece interviews and features, Alison Rowat's TV critique, Dave Allan's gardening pages and Ron Mackenna's restaurant reviews.

We are committed to offering much, much more than that, though. This month our partnership with the New York Times sees world-renowned writers such as Noam Chomsky and Isabel writer Allende debate truly global issues. We also partner with Scottish investigative journalists The Ferret to dig deep behind the headlines, such as in our major series 'How Green Is Scotland?'

With a subscription, you’ll have an advert-light experience on our website and unlimited access to all our stories, including premium articles.

You can also access our daily digital edition, a digital replica of the newspaper, including the Herald on Sunday and our Business HQ, Best of Scotland, Scottish Gardener, Scottish Mountaineer and Scottish Walks and Cycling magazines.


When you head over to our subscriptions page at you’ll see three options:

  • Our Premium subscription
  • Our Premium Plus subscription
  • Our Print Only subscription

Our 30-day free trial can be found under the “Premium Plus” plan – again, that’s free for 30 days, then £9.99 monthly afterwards or £86 for a whole year if you choose to stick with us.

T&Cs apply. Offer ends 31st January 2022 at 23:59pm GMT. New subscribers, over 18s and UK residents only for gift redemption. Offer only valid on Premium Plus digital subscriptions. Subscription auto-renews unless cancelled. After the initial 30-day trial period, monthly subscription will be charged at £9.99 per month or annual will be charged at £86 per year. Offer is exempt from gifting subscriptions. Approximate retail value of gift £40. Gift will be posted by February 2022. Any issues with your gift must be made known to the subscriptions department within seven days of receipt. All subscriptions can be cancelled and refunded within 14 days of purchase. This offer is available while stocks last & The Herald reserves the right to change or remove the offer at any time or to offer an alternative gift. Please see for full details.