Early part of 2017 already witnessed 15 percent up in Scottish tourism

Published on : Monday, March 27, 2017

New Scottish tourismScottish tourism In 2016, Scottish destinations welcomed more than 15 million tourists as per the statistics presented by the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA). In 2015, total number of visitors across UK was up by 7.2 percent. This signifies that more than 130 million visits took place at top 241 ALVA sites across UK.


The National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh was voted the most famous and oft visited attraction in UK with 10 new galleries with 1.8 million visitors passing through the door. Edinburg Castle was in 16th position as it witnessed 1,778,548 visitors making it one of the highest paid-attraction in Scotland. The country also saw 13 percent increases in international visitors last year.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh also saw a 29 percent increase in visitors making it a notable spot in Scotland. Urquhart Castle at Drumnadrochit witnessed 14 percent increase and Glasgow’s Riverside Museum saw 11 percent increase in visitor number. To quote ALVA director Bernard Donoghue, ‘’ Like the 2015 figures, Scotland has continued to outperform the rest of the UK with a substantial increase in their visitor numbers. 2016 was a great year for Scottish tourism – proving that Scotland is reaping the benefits of significant capital investment in attractions and creative programming by its institutions.’’

Tourism secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “As these figures illustrate, this has been a record year for Scotland’s leading visitor attractions. Our wide range of attractions and excellent heritage and museum collections continue to provide high-quality and exciting experiences, both to people who live here, and to our visitors. The success of our leading visitor attractions will continue to play a vital role in making Scotland a destination of first choice for visitors from the UK and across the world.”


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