The “Outlander effect” continues , telling us what we already know , that Outlander has provided a major boost to the economy in Scotland . Visitor numbers to Scotland’s attractions increased for the fifth year in a row.
The two top sites – the National Museum of Scotland and Edinburgh Castle – each attracted more than two million visits, only the second time any visitor attraction in Scotland has surpassed the two million milestone, according to the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions (ASVA).
Analysis of statistics submitted by 232 of the organisation’s member sites for its annual Visitor Trends Report, confirms that 30.3 million visits were made to those sites in Scotland in 2018 – a rise of 0.1 per cent over 2017 figures. The increase comes on top of a 9.7 per cent jump in 2017, which itself followed a 6 per cent rise in 2016.
Overall, some 59 per cent of all visits were made to attractions that featured in the top 20 list, with ten of the top 20 attractions situated in Edinburgh. Dundee attractions including Discovery Point, which saw a 42 per cent uplift in visitor numbers, also fared well, boosted by interest surrounding the new V&A museum, which opened in September, the ASVA said. Another area of Scotland which fared well in 2018 was the Highlands. RZSS Highland Wildlife Park near Aviemore enjoyed a major uplift in visitor numbers of 68 per cent, driven in part by the birth of Hamish, the first polar bear cub to be born in the UK for 25 years.
Malcolm Roughead, chief executive of VisitScotland, said: “Visitor attractions are a hugely popular and valuable part of Scotland’s world-famous tourism offering, allowing visitors to explore our rich history, vibrant culture, famous heritage and stunning natural environment in more detail. “A growth in visits of any size is a welcome achievement and something we hope will continue. The arrival of V&A Dundee, as well as the increasing interest in set-jetting, thanks to TV series like Outlander or films such as Outlaw King, have only strengthened Scotland’s appeal, and with the opening of Moat Brae in Dumfries and the redevelopment of Aberdeen Art Gallery taking place this year, there is plenty to look forward to in 2019.” The “Outlander effect” continued to benefit many sites featuring in the cult TV series, as well as others with Jacobite connections, with large increases in visitor numbers recorded at attractions including Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre, Glasgow Cathedral, Blackness Castle and Aberdour Castle.
Private tours Edinburgh – unique tours of Scotland 7 days a week – phone 0131-549-9785Private tours Edinburgh 0131-549-9785 . Looking for day trips Edinburgh ? How about taking an Outlander tour from Edinburgh to visit Jamie Fraser’s home in Scotland’s amazing Outlander film locations ?Private tours of Scotland 0131-549-9785 seven days a weekPrivate tours Edinburgh 0131-549-9785 . Looking for day trips Edinburgh ? How about taking an Outlander tour from Edinburgh to visit Jamie Fraser’s home in Scotland’s amazing Outlander film locations ? For tour information call +44131-549-9785 now *** check availability now for our unique tours of Scotland +44131-549-9785 seven days a week
Private Custom Tours from Edinburgh 2023 & 2024
Design your own small group tour of Scotland with a custom tour designed yourself.
We are the Last minute bookings specialist – Whatsapp +447305294773 or contact us online.
Late Bookings for our small group tours can be made by phone / Whatsapp on +447305-294773 ,
toll free number 1-866-233-2644
or online on our tour bookings page
Castles and Braveheart tours – Book Castles and Braveheart tours now !
Outlander and Game of Thrones tours – Book Outlander and Game of Thrones tours now !
Culloden and Lallybroch tours – Book Culloden and Lallybroch tours now !
Tours of Scotland – Book Tours of Scotland now!
Read out our five star reviews for our unique range of private tours .
Preview our tours with our new series of virtual tours of Scotland.
Five star Viator review: Scottish Whisky and Castles Private Tour
” Such a great day. The castles are breathtaking and Deanston Distillery tour is interesting and tasty 😉 ”
Save 30% on our tours – we guarantee savings of 30% over any other online travel agents
Tours can be cancelled up to 48 hours before the booking date with a full refund .
Need more information ? Please phone / text / Whatsapp us on +447305294773 or contact us online
New – Highland cow gifts
Your driver / guide is David Rankin , a photographer with 20 years experience and a tour guide for 5 years . David has extensive knowledge of the top locations in Scotland for a wide range of tours to castles , the Highlands and film locations including Outlander and Game of Thrones . Please phone / text / Whatsapp him on +447305294773 or contact us online
Edinburgh shore excursions – all of our tours can be booked as shore excursions
Private tours Edinburgh answer all your most important questions about Outlander
- is there a real Lallybroch ?
- what does Broch Tuarach mean ?
- where is the Game of Thrones castle in Scotland ?
- is Midhope Castle a filming location in Outlander ?
- what exactly are the Kelpies ?
- where can I see the Braveheart sword ?
- can I design my own custom tour if I can’t find the tour I am looking for ?
Private Tours Search
For last minute bookings phone / Whatsapp +447305294773 , use our toll free number 1-866-233-2644 orcontact us online.
All photography and videos are copyright of David Rankin