Tourists flock to Midlothian attraction

Rosslyn Chapel and visitor centre
Rosslyn Chapel and visitor centre

Rosslyn Chapel is one of nine attractions across Edinburgh and Lothians to feature in the list of the top 20 paid admission attractions in Scotland in 2016, according to figures released by the Moffat Centre for Travel and Business Development, Glasgow Caledonian University.

The chapel is the only site in Midlothian to feature in the list and was the 14th most visited paid attraction in Scotland. Visitor numbers in 2016 reached 174,935, which was up 8 per cent on the previous year.

Ian Gardner, Director of Rosslyn Chapel Trust, said: “It’s great news that the popularity of Rosslyn Chapel has been maintained and we are grateful to all visitors for choosing to visit. Every visit provides the Trust, which is a registered charity, with essential income to look after the Chapel for future generations to appreciate and therefore encourage more people to visit Midlothian in future.”

2016 was a ‘winning year’ for Rosslyn Chapel, which was named ‘best visitor attraction’ in the national finals of the Scottish Thistle Awards in March and won a prestigious Sandford Award, for its education work, in the summer.

The 15th century chapel was also confirmed as a 5-star historic attraction by VisitScotland, won a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor for the third consecutive year, and a ‘Gold’ award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme in December.

The top paid attraction in Scotland in 2016 was Edinburgh Castle.