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Borders Abbey named in top 10 visitor attractions

Melrose Abbey Credit: Press Association

Melrose Abbey has been named in Historic Scotland's top ten most visited paid for attractions.

The abbey pulled in nearly 26,000 visitors between June and August this year putting it in tenth place in the top 10 list.

Edinburgh Castle topped the chart with more than 650,000 visits.

Melrose Abbey Credit: Press Association

“This record-breaking year for visits to Historic Scotland properties demonstrates the value, significance and growing appeal of Scotland’s heritage to visitors.

“From Orkney to the Borders, Scotland’s history and heritage filled landscapes are a truly unique resource, not just in terms of the wider benefits that they offer for all in terms of cultural enrichment – providing an insight into different aspects of our nation’s past, but also for their role and potential in supporting and driving economic growth."

– Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop

WATCH: the castle that could be yours

Barholm Castle ,in Dumfries and Galloway, was a ruin when John and Janet Brennan bought it in 1999.

Having transformed it into their perfect home, they have now put it up for sale.

Greg Hoare went to meet them.

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'We hadn't always dreamed of living in a castle'

A couple from Dumfries and Galloway say they hadn't planned to buy a run-down castle and restore it.

But John and Janet Brennan have spent the last seven years and hundreds of thousands of pounds rebuilding Barholm Castle, near Gatehouse on Fleet.

They have now put the property on sale for ££695,000.

Barholm Castle for sale

Barholm Castle

A couple from Dumfries and Galloway, who spent years restoring one of the region's historic buildings, are now selling it.

Barholm Castle has an asking price of £695,000.

John and Janet Brennan bought it for just £65,000 in 1999, but say they've spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on the restoration, and stand to lose money.

They're selling the property because they want to be closer to Dumfries.