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Historic Scotland Celebrates Record Breaking Year

22 April 2008

Historic Scotland is delighted to announce their figures for the 2007-08 financial year and reveal a 2% increase on the figures from the previous financial year. In 2006-07 Historic Scotland celebrated breaking the 3 million mark and in 2007-08 this figure has risen to 3,239,626: an increase of over 62,000. These figures highlight another record-breaking year for the Agency with more visitors than ever before taking time to enjoy historical sites up and down the country.

The top three visitor attractions in Historic Scotland’s property portfolio have all seen an increase with Edinburgh Castle welcoming 1,249,332 visitors (+3%), Stirling Castle 447,714 (+2%) and Urquhart Castle 284,255 (+13%).

Key attractions that have seen a significant increase on last year’s figures include Skara Brae in Orkney +9%, Kisimul Castle in the Western Isles +33%, Meigle Museum in Perthshire +6%, Inchcolm Abbey in Fife +11%, Rothesay Castle on the Isle of Bute +49%, Smailholm Tower in the Borders +4% and Glenluce Abbey in Dumfries and Galloway +25%, demonstrating that Historic Scotland sites are popular right across Scotland.

Peter Bromley, Historic Scotland Director of Properties in Care, said:

“It’s fantastic that despite a competitive and challenging climate for tourism, Historic Scotland is continuing to break records. There are so many people that contribute to making these properties must-see destinations and it’s great to see everyone’s hard work is well received.

“This again demonstrates the significant role Historic Scotland plays in the Scottish tourism industry. We continue to develop our world-class welcome all over Scotland and look forward to another busy year ahead with over 400 events, increased membership support and bringing over 5,000 years of history to life.”

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NOTES FOR EDITORS

•Historic Scotland has 345 outstanding historic properties and sites in its care. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country, including Edinburgh, Stirling, and Urquhart castles, Linlithgow Palace and Skara Brae. A full list can be found online at www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/places

•Visitor figures are monitored at 71 Historic Scotland properties.

•In 2006-07 there were 3,177,244 visitors to Historic Scotland properties.

•Historic Scotland’s mission is to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.

•Every year Historic Scotland stages an extensive annual programme of events at its properties in care, with the aim of bringing history to life in an entertaining and informative way.  For details visit www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/events

•Members can get free entry to all daytime events, plus unlimited entry to over 70 historic properties throughout Scotland. Prices start from £38 a year. Information on membership can be found at www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/member


For further information


Laura Adamson
PR Executive
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8959 or 07769 630 763
laura.adamson@scotland.gsi.gov.uk