Edinburgh Castle has a Record-Breaking Summer

The castle is Scotland’s top paid-for tourist attraction.

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Between June and September 2014, Edinburgh Castle had a record-breaking 767,566 visitors, a 3% increase since last summer.

Other Historic Scotland sites also saw great rises in visitor numbers this summer. Skara Brae and Bishop’s and Earl’s Palaces in Orkney both had 11% increases; Stirling Castle and Urquhart Castle also had record-breaking numbers of visitors.

All in all, over 2.1 million people visited a Historic Scotland site between June and September of 2014, a 4% increase in the previous record.

Fiona Hyslop, Culture Secretary, commented, “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.”

Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness

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