The National Museum of Scotland topped the visit attraction list with 2,165,601 people passing through, up 19.6% on the previous year. Edinburgh Castle was in second place with 2,063,709 visitors, a 16% rise on 2016. The Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh was in third place with 1,600,761 visitors.
Tourism is of vital importance... stimulating economic growth and promoting the importance of our cultural heritage to a wider audience.Fiona Hyslop, Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Secretary, The Scottish Government
Eleven of the top 20 attractions were in Edinburgh. Malcolm Roughead, VisitScotland Chief Executive, said: "Scotland's visitor attractions are a valuable part of our country's outstanding tourism offering, showcasing our rich history and sharing Scotland's story with visitors from far and wide. It is fantastic to see such strong growth in numbers for the fourth year running..."