Orkney attractions see big increases in visitors

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Photo by Colin Keldie

 

I reported back in February, impressive increases in Tourism being experienced at Scotland’s historic sites. See:

Visitors to Scotland’s historic sites surge by 470 000 to reach more than 4.5 million, breaking all records, in only 11 months!

I put some of this down to Americans feeling safer here than in other parts of Europe. See:

North Americans lead surge in Scottish tourism because they feel safer here

You couldn’t get much further from Europe’s anxiety-inducing large urban cultural centres than Orkney so maybe it’s no surprise to see big increases there. I’m sure the sites are a big attraction too. See this from gov.scot:

‘Six sites on Orkney recorded an eight per cent rise in visitors in the last year according to new figures from Historic Environment Scotland. In total, more than 41,500 people visited Historic Environment Scotland’s staffed sites on the islands between April and June 2017, an increase from the same period last year.’

https://news.gov.scot/news/the-lure-of-ancient-history

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