Edinburgh Castle has enjoyed its busiest ever summer as Scotland’s historic attractions welcomed a record-breaking number of visitors.
The flagship attraction saw visitor numbers increase by 26 per cent during the three-month summer period compared with last year.
August alone saw 229,940 visitors go through the doors of the castle, an increase of 35.8 per cent, more than any single month ever recorded.
Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots, welcomed in excess of 37,548 visitors, up 36 per cent, and St. Andrews Castle was up 9.3 per cent. Historic Scotland reported 1,692,611 visitors at its attractions between June and August this year, an increase of 14.8 per cent on the same period last year.
Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “These figures illustrate the important role that heritage plays for modern day Scotland. The benefits are many, in terms of highlighting our diverse culture both at home and abroad, but also in terms of supporting and driving economic growth”.