Tourism

Half of Scotland's top visitor attractions are in the Edinburgh City Region, including the National Museum of Scotland (1,768,090 visitors in 2013), Edinburgh Castle (1,420,027), St Giles Cathedral (940,530), Scottish National Gallery (933,296), and Edinburgh Zoo (760,897), home to the UK’s only Giant Pandas. In 2013, 3.4 million tourists visited Edinburgh spending £1.15 billion, which was almost 25% of all tourism spending in Scotland. Edinburgh also boasts more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other UK city outside London.

The city of Edinburgh

Tourist attractions in East Lothian include the Scottish Seabird Centre, Tantallon and Dirleton castles, and the National Museum of Flight. The area has several world-class golf courses.

Midlothian has the popular tourist attractions Vogrie Country Park (170,000 visitors in 2011) and Rosslyn Chapel (139,888), which are among the top 100 in Scotland. In 2013, 392,000 tourists visited Midlothian creating an economic impact of £42.7 million. The development of Dalkeith Country Park and its expanding events programme will be key in increasing the profile of Midlothian and attracting increased visitors.

Tourist attractions in the Scottish Borders include Tweed Valley Forest Park (361,000 visitors in 2013), Heart of Hawick (155,933), and Teviot Water Gardens (155,737), which are among the top 100 in Scotland. In 2013, 464,400 tourists visited the Scottish Borders creating an economic impact of £183.6 million.

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