Edinburgh Castle staff commended after record breaking summer for visitors.

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) staff members working at Edinburgh Castle and other heritage sites are being commended in a Parliamentary motion lodged today at Holyrood following the news that they have enjoyed a record breaking summer in terms of visitor numbers. A record 3.8 million people visited Historic Scotland’s ticketed sites between April and September this year with Edinburgh Castle remaining the most popular paid for attraction in Scotland with 1, 4333, 896 visitors in this period.

Speaking today Miles said:

“ HES staff at Edinburgh Castle and other sites across Lothian and Scotland work incredibly hard each day to give visitors a great welcome and ensure they have an enjoyable visitor experience.

“ As we celebrate record numbers of tourists coming to Edinburgh and Scotland we should thank all the staff working at our visitor attractions and in the tourism sector more broadly for the important contribution they make.”


* Please see below the motion as tabled at Holyrood today.

Motion Number: S5M-08153
Lodged By: Miles Briggs
Date Lodged: 06/10/2017

Title: Commending Historic Environment Scotland Staff after Record-breaking Summer

Motion Text:

That the Parliament commends the hard work of all staff at Historic Environment Scotland (HES) sites in Lothian and across Scotland following a record-breaking summer season; notes that, during the period from April to September 2017, a record 3.8 million people visited HES’s ticketed historic sites across the country, an increase of 20% on the previous year’s numbers, and that August was the busiest-ever individual month recorded with more than 870,000 visitors; further notes that Edinburgh Castle remained the most popular paid for attraction with 1,433,896 visitors during the period, while Blackness Castle experienced the biggest increase in visitor numbers; pays tribute to the efforts of HES staff for the important role that they play in welcoming visitors to Scotland's heritage locations and making sure that they have an enjoyable and informative experience, and wishes them continued success in the future.

Miles Briggs