YEAR OF HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY SET TO BEGIN
Wednesday, 04 January 2017 10:46
As Scotland is set to celebrate 2017 as the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, the SNP has encouraged the public to make a New Year’s Resolution to visit some of Scotland’s stunning historic sites.
Official figures show that Scotland’s historic and cultural sites continue to draw visitors in their millions.
Historic Environment Scotland’s staffed sites attracted over 3.75 million visitors in 2015 – a significant increase since 2010. The National Trust for Scotland has also reported growing numbers of visitors in recent years, with 2.65m visitors in 2016 according to figures sourced by SPICe.
The 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology is expected to increase visitors even further, with events planned across the country. It is the latest of VisitScotland’s ‘Themed Years’, following on from the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, and the 2015 Year of Food and Drink.
SNP MSP for Falkirk East, Angus MacDonald, whose constituency includes sites such as the Westquarter Dovecote, Kinneil House and James Watt’s Cottage in Bo’ness, The Pineapple in Dunmore, Blackness Castle and several Roman archaeological sites including parts of the Antonine wall, said:
“It’s not difficult to see why Scotland’s historical sites continue to attract millions of visitors each year. Scotland boasts some of the best historical, cultural and natural sites in the world.
“Our impressive historical and cultural attractions continue to be a great asset to the Scottish economy, bringing in billions of pounds and creating thousands of jobs.
“Both Historic Environment Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland have seen visitor numbers booming in recent years, and this will only grow further as we mark the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology in 2017.
“We should all make a New Year’s Resolution to visit some of the exceptional historic sites on our doorstep.”