Edinburgh Castle and the National Museum of Scotland brought in more than two million people through their doors in 2017 - the first time for any such hot-spot in the country to do so.
Two Scottish visitor attractions welcoming more than two million visitors for the first time is a sure sign of the enduring appeal and strength of the sector.Professor John Lennon, Director, The University of Edinburgh, Moffat Centre
The annual survey of more than 700 of the country’s paid and free attractions revealed tourism across Scotland was up by 5 per cent last year. It found the museum and castle welcomed 2,165,601 and 2,063,709 visitors respectively during 2017.
VisitScotland chief executive Malcolm Roughead said: “It’s also important to remember the benefits these visitors bring. Tourism is more than a holiday experience - it is integral to sustaining communities across Scotland by generating income, creating jobs and stimulating social change...”