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Two of the Stirling area’s most popular tourist attractions posted recordbreaking visitor numbers this summer.
Stirling Castle enjoyed its busiest ever season with 430,405 people making their way to the site between April and September — an increase of 20 per cent on last year.
And Doune Castle is continuing to prove popular with 96,497 visitors, a 42 per cent increase in footfall.
Much of this could be attributed to the number of fans of TV show Outlander visiting as it features in the series as the fictional Castle Leoch.
Historic Environment Scotland (HES) also revealed that Dunblane Cathedral and Inchmahome Primary posted impressive results, with 13 per cent and seven per cent increases respectively.
Castle Campbell near Dollar saw a dramatic 28 per cent surge in visitor numbers too.
Alex Paterson, chief executive of HES, said: “This year’s summer season has surpassed our previous visitor records, as we welcomed more than 3.8million visitors to our historic sites across the country — a 20 per cent increase on last season’s showing.”
He added: “We’ve responded to the increasing interest in Scotland’s historic environment by extending opening at seasonal sites across the country throughout October, giving people further opportunity to explore the wealth of history that Scotland has to offer and to uncover the hidden historical gems on their doorstep during the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.”