This rise in visitor numbers has been put down to the opening of the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh
and the relaunch of the Riverside Museum in Glasgow. It is thought that approx. 47 million people visited Scotland during 2011 with the National Museum being the most popular visitor attraction pulling in almost 5 million people which is an increase of 141% compared to the previous year.
The research, carried out by the Glasgow Caledonian University’s Moffat Centre, covers 649 tourist sites throughout Scotland and discovered that the Riverside Museum in Glasgow (opened in June) attracted more than a million visitors. However it’s not just these two museums that have seen a rise in visitors, St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh saw visitors increase by almost 20%. Edinburgh Castle remains as the favourite paid-for visitor attraction with more than 1.3 million visitors in 2011.
It is thought that these increases could be due to the number of Scots that have decided to holiday closer to home as opposed to heading to Europe. The ‘daycation’ market is certainly proving to be a huge success with many of the locals choosing to have several day trips out and about rather than one long annual holiday.
Why not consider coach holidays to Scotland
for your next break away? There’s plenty of coach tours to choose from including the Edinburgh Military Tattoo
. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, just get in touch with our team of friendly holiday advisors
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