Visitors to Scotland’s Top Tourist Attractions Up 5.5 Per Cent

March 7, 2016

The numbers of people visiting the leading tourist attractions around Scotland increased by 5.5 per cent over the course of 2015, according to the latest set of figures on the subject.

Stats from the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) show that Scotland saw visits from many millions of people last year, with the rise in visitor numbers to top attractions north of the border comfortably outpacing increases elsewhere in the UK.

Edinburgh Castle topped the list of Scotland’s most-visited attractions for the year with more than 1.5 million people heading to the capital’s most popular destination during the 12 months.

Meanwhile, the National Museum of Scotland came in second on the list, having attracted very nearly the same number of visitors and been the most visited museum in the UK outside of London in 2015.

Among the other most notable successes for top attractions in Scotland last year was the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Two, where new exhibitions saw visitor numbers boosted by as much as 35 per cent as compared with 2014

Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Gardens and the Kelvin Grove Art Gallery and Museum also saw their visitor numbers for the year increase by more than 10 per cent.

In Glasgow the nine civic museums open to the public across the city recorded a total of more than four million visits over the course of 2015, the latest figures show.

“More people visited Edinburgh Castle, the National Museum of Scotland, the National Gallery of Scotland, the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, combined, than visited Jamaica, Barbados and Cuba,” noted Bernard Donoghue, AVLA director.

“More people visited Stirling Castle, Kelvingrove, the Riverside Museum and the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) in Glasgow, combined, than visited New Zealand,” he added.

Mr Donoghue went on to suggest that the current weakness of the pound against the euro is helping to make visits to attractions in Scotland and the rest of the UK a more affordable and appealing prospect for many European tourists.

“2016 is on target to be another memorable year for ALVA members,” he said.

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