The increase in overseas visitors since the Brexit vote is thought to have been one of the factors leading to this record number of visitors, as the pound’s fall in value has encouraged more tourists to visit the UK.

Additionally, Historic Environment Scotland believes that the popular TV show ‘Outlander’ is also responsible for the recent spike in interest to visit Scotland’s historic sites.

If this upward trend continues, the busiest paid-for attraction in Scotland could soon make it to Britain’s ‘Top Ten Attractions’ list.

Nevertheless, this record-breaking increase doesn’t just apply to the popular Scottish castle, as Historic Environment Scotland HES also reported that all of its ten top sites had had record attendance years as well.

HES Director of Commercial and Tourism, Stephen Duncan, said: "The Year of Heritage, History and Archaeology has given us a fantastic platform to highlight Scotland's historic environment.”

"The connections of the castle to Robert the Bruce, the Stuart Kings and Mary, Queen of Scots and the impact of dramatisations such as Outlander illustrate a long and romantic history, which attracts visitors from home and abroad.”

"Globally, we've seen more visitors arriving in Britain and Edinburgh thanks to the strength of our air connections to other countries.”

"Many of these visitors will have chosen to visit Edinburgh Castle due to its place as an international symbol of the city and of Scotland.”

"We've seen a record-breaking summer for our sites across Scotland, which saw our ten most-visited sites - including Urquhart Castle and Skara Brae - record their busiest ever seasons, with Stirling Castle recently welcoming its 500,000th visitor of 2017."

Source: Herald Scotland

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