Boom for Stewartry tourism sites
It’s been a positive start to the year for Stewartry’s heritage sites.
Visitor numbers are up at Threave Castle, pictured, New Abbey Corn Mill and Sweetheart Abbey but conservation work at MacLellans Castle and a slight drop in visitors at Dundrennan Abbey mean it’s not all good news.
Across the region there has been a 41 per cent rise in visits to Historic Environment Scotland (HES) properties between April and July.
That’s though in part to Threave Castle which has seen a rise of nearly 8,000 visitors. Bad flooding and the nesting of Peregrine Falcons forced its closure in 2016 with just 687 people getting a chance to visit the site near Castle Douglas.
The figures were announced by Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop as she visited the region last week.
She said: “Dumfries and Galloway’s historic environment acts as a magnet for tourists drawn to these exceptional places.
Dundrennan Abbey visitor numbers have dropped four percent to 1,914 with MacLellans Castle down 37 per cent to 1,807. New Abbey however is thriving with the corn mill welcoming 2,467 visitors through its doors – that’s up from 1,878. Sweetheart Abbey visits totalled 4,337 which is 585 or 16 per cent more than 2016.