Visitors flock to historic sites across Lanarkshire

Winter may be coming, but recent visitor figures released by Historic Scotland show it’s been a spectacular summer for Lanarkshire’s historic sites.

The summer season saw Bothwell Castle. one of Scotland’s outstanding medieval monuments, record a 39% increase in visitor numbers, with 8,248 people visiting the site between April and September 2017.

Craignethan Castle, the last great private stronghold built in Scotland,  also had an impressive showing, experiencing a 24% surge in footfall.



Alex Paterson, Chief Executive of HES, said: “This year’s summer season has surpassed our previous visitor records, as we welcomed over 3.8m visitors to our historic sites across the country – an excellent 20% increase on last season’s showing.”

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, said: “As today’s numbers confirm, Scotland’s historic environment is acting more and more as a magnet for tourists, attracting millions of people from far and wide each year to our world class attractions.”

If you are heading to Bothwell Castle, why not extend your trip by following our Historic Day Out pre-planned itinerary.

For more information on things to do and see in Lanarkshire, check out our dedicated what’s on page.