Historic Environment Scotland manages 300 sites across the country. Overall, there has been a significant 17% increase on 2016/17 in the 2017/18 figures passing the 5 million mile-stone. Within this however, there have been even more dramatic increases from some countries and to certain attractions.
Visits from North America went up by 27% and 19% respectively. This has been attributed to Outlander.
The top ten sites are:
|Site||Visitor Numbers||% increase Year on Year|
|St Andrews Castle||90,253||16%|
Since 2013, Doune and Blackness castles, which feature in the Outlander TV series, saw staggering increases of 227% and 182% respectively.
This news is by no means unusual. See these other recent reports:
Glasgow and Edinburgh push London into third place in tourism hotspots survey
Scottish tourism growth outpaces that in UK
414% increase in Chinese tourist spending since 2007!
Massive increase in Chinese visitors to Edinburgh NOT attributed to weak pound and attracted by ‘Strongman skirt parties’
Also Glasgow Cathedral was used to represent the French hospital. We need our own film studio, it should be seen as a priority.
Absolutely and in Glasgow!