Edinburgh Castle remains number one

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Edinburgh Castle: Scotland's biggest attraction

Edinburgh Castle: Scotland’s biggest attraction

Scotland’s number one paid for tourist attraction, Edinburgh Castle has recorded a record breaking summer for visitors.

The castle, which is Scotland’s number one paid for visitor attraction, saw 767,566 visitors go through its famous gates between June and September, a 3% increase on the previous record, which was in 2013.

The castle is one of several Historic Scotland sites which enjoyed record breaking visitor numbers over the summer period. Skara Brae in Orkney and Bishop’s and Earl’s Palaces both recording rises of 11% respectively. Meanwhile heritage attractions such as Stirling Castle – the former home of Mary, Queen of Scots – and Urquhart Castle also recorded record breaking numbers, welcoming 256,035 and 220,025 visitors each. In total, 2,141,082 people visited a Historic Scotland site between June and September 2014, a 4% increase on the previous record.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop said; “These are fantastic figures which showcase the continued appeal of Scotland’s historic attractions to visitors from both home and abroad. 2014 was a memorable summer for Scotland – with an influx of visitors to events such as the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup as well as a whole host of Homecoming related events taking place up and down the country. Our heritage sites played a key role within this and continue to be a constant and hugely important asset at the heart of our tourism and cultural make-up.”


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