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The Outlander effect continues to boost tourist numbers

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.

Outlander news from Private tours Edinburgh

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.

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GuestReady, an Airbnb management company, is expands to Edinburgh

GuestReady, an Airbnb management company, is expanding its UK services to Edinburgh, in response to rising demand for accommodation as more visitors come to the Scottish capital. Private tours from Edinburgh can be booked on 07305-294773 or contact us online .

Private Outlander tours Edinburgh offers professional tours of Outlander film locations , castles , distilleries,  Falkirk and the Highlands with an expert guide on hand to give advice, information and assistance .

Our Outlander tours feature visits to film locations around Scotland , including the Bruce Fountain in Falkland , Doune Castle ( Castle Leoch ) , Linlithgow Palace ( Wentworth prison )  and Blackness Castle ( Fort William ) . Lallybroch castle is the ancestral home of Outlander star Jamie Fraser , real life Midhope Castle is just 25 minutes from Edinburgh .

The firm, launched in 2016, is also adding Manchester to its operations which means it now offers its services in 10 cities across six countries.

It said the tourism industry is booming in Edinburgh and Manchester. Last year both cities were included in VisitBritain’s top towns for ‘staying visits’, occupying second and third places on the list, respectively. 

The company said properties listed on vacation rental platforms, such as Airbnb , are becoming increasingly popular by offering competitive prices to travellers looking to have a different holiday experience and immerse themselves in the local culture.

GuestReady has a property value calculator on its website to help potential hosts in find out how much their home is worth on these platforms. According to data released by the company, a two-bedroom apartment listed in Edinburgh can earn up to £3,400 per month.

In the Old Town, such a property can reach £3,380 a month; £3,315 in the New Town; £3,060 in the West End; £2805 in Leith; £2,422 in Tollcross and £2,295 in Newington

Dale Hornidge, city manager Edinburgh at GuestReady, said: “Being north of the border, Edinburgh often gets over-looked but Scotland’s tourism industry is booming and nowhere is that more evident than Edinburgh.

Private tours from Edinburgh can be booked on 07305-294773 or contact us online .

“With 12 festivals throughout the year, there is always something on and bringing in tourists from all over the globe. Edinburgh has become a super popular destination for tourists meaning that homeowners are able to make the most out of their property when listing it in a vacation rental platform, bringing in several thousand pounds per month.

“We at GuestReady hope to become the go-to management agency for hosts looking for a truly personalised management experience.”

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Private tour of St Andrews and Fife

This private tour visits the home of golf ,  St Andrews and Fife .   Tours start at 10 am .

queensferry crossing to fife

Your journey to Fife takes you over the new Queensferry Crossing with views of the Forth Road Bridge , built in 1964 and the Forth Bridge, a cantilever railway bridge built in the 19th century  and UNESCO World Heritage site.

Forth Bridge to Fife

World heritage status is given to sites of “outstanding universal value” with the aim of protecting them for future generations. The distinctive red bridge has carried trains over the Forth since 1890. The award puts it alongside the Pyramids of Egypt, the great Wall of China and the Sydney Opera House in terms of cultural significance.

The bridge, which spans the Firth of Forth between South Queensferry on the outskirts of Edinburgh and North Queensferry in Fife, was opened in 1890 after eight years of construction. Scots call the bridge the eighth wonder of the world .

Aberdour Castle

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Aberdour castle tours

The Kingdom of Fife posed as the north of France in Season One when Aberdour – possibly Scotland’s oldest standing castle, was depicted as The Abbey of Ste. Anne de Beaupré.
The fictional Benedictine monastery is where Jamie Fraser was taken to recover from his ordeal at Wentworth Prison.  Happily, one of his six uncles was an abbot there.
The Old Kitchen and Long Gallery at Aberdour, in the village of Easter Aberdour, feature in the show.
The original hall house of Aberdour was built around 1200 by Alan de Mortimer with the castle largely the creation of the Douglas Earls of Morton, who held Aberdour from the 14th century.

Anstruther

This village on the Fife coast has a beautiful harbour for leisure and fishing boats .

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St Andrews is the home of golf on the coast of Fife . You will be able to see the world famous Old Course and club house . St Andrews is a medieval  coastal town with the oldest university in the world with an ancient castle .

Falkland is transformed into Inverness for Outlander
The Bruce Fountain , Falkland is Inverness for Outlander, Jamie looks up at Claire in the tavern

The final stop is at Falkland, a location used in the TV series Outlander . The Bruce Fountain in the town square is where Jamie looks up at Claire in her hotel , watched by Frank . Falkland was transformed into Inverness for Outlander .
Tour prices
– private tour for two passengers £180

– private tour for three passengers £200

– private tour for three passengers £220

Phone 07305-294773 for bookings and enquiries or contact us online .

 

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