Record­vis­i­tor num­ber­sat 2 topat­trac­tions

Stirling Observer - - UPDATE - Robert Fairnie

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.”

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