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Historic Borders site among the top 10 paid-for Scotland attractions

49,692 people visited the site between April and September this year Photo: ITV Border

An historic site in the Borders and has been named as one of the top 10 paid-for attractions in Scotland this summer.

Melrose Abbey, the final resting place of Robert the Bruce, had almost 50,000 people through its doors.

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) announced visitor figures for the 2017 summer season at sites across the region today, Friday 6 October.

The record number of tourists visited the site between between April and September 2017, an increase of 14%.

Smailholm Tower saw the most dramatic surge in visitors, with 23% Credit: Google maps

Many other visitor records have been broken across Scotland as a whole.

Sites in the care of HES welcomed over 3.8million visitors between April and September 2017, making it the busiest season on record.

August 2017 saw over 870,000 visitors head to Scotland’s iconic historic sites, making it the busiest individual month ever recorded.

Hermitage Castle saw visitor numbers increase by 17% Credit: ITV Border

The announcement comes as Scotland celebrates Heritage Awareness Day:

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.

It is fitting that we celebrate this success on Heritage Awareness Day, the first-ever national celebration of heritage and the contribution it makes to communities across the country.

We’ve responded to the increasing interest in Scotland’s historic environment by extending opening at seasonal sites across the country throughout October, giving people further opportunity to explore the wealth of history that Scotland has to offer and to uncover the hidden historical gems on their doorstep during the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.

From Edinburgh Castle to Skara Brae, historic sites across Scotland are continuing to draw record numbers of visitors, which is further demonstration of the value of Scotland’s historic places within the country’s wider tourism offering.”

– Alex Paterson, Chief Executive, HES