Kilmartin Standing Stones in western Scotland

Rise in number of young people visiting Scottish heritage sites

Geraldine Kendall Adams, 21.02.2019
Report shows heritage sector contributes £4.3bn to economy
The proportion of young people visiting Scottish heritage and archaeological sites rose significantly between 2012 and 2017, the latest data from Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has shown. 

The number of people aged 16-24 who visited heritage attractions rose by 10 percentage points in that period, while the number of those aged 25-34 rose by 11 points, according to the heritage body’s annual report, which was released earlier this month. 

The overall number of adults to visit rose by eight percentage points in that period, from 28% to 35%. In total, historic environment attractions welcomed 18 million visitors in 2017, up from 15 million in 2015.

The report showed that the heritage sector’s contribution to the Scottish economy is growing, rising from £3.4bn in 2014 to £4.3bn in 2017. 

The report stated: “There is good evidence that HES and the sector are growing in confidence, working together with partners and others to create a flourishing historic environment that demonstrably enriches the social, economic, environmental and cultural wellbeing of the nation, and its people.”

The HES is mid-way through delivery of its 10-year strategy for the sector, A Place in Time, which sets out 12 priorities covering 2014-24.