Palace’s summer high

'Linlithgow Palace' Melanie Milne, Stenhousemur
'Linlithgow Palace' Melanie Milne, Stenhousemur
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2013 has been the best 
summer on record for Linlithgow Palace according to new visitor figures.

Statistics just released by Historic Scotland show a 36 per cent increase in visitors between June and August this year, compared to the same period in 2012. The total footfall through the archway was 37,548, which includes a record breaking jousting weekend in July.

Linlithgow Palace now joins Edinburgh Castle, St Andrew’s Castle and Tantallon Castle as Historic Scotland’s record breaking summer sites.

Local MSP Fiona Hyslop said: “I am delighted to announce these figures which illustrate the appeal of the palace as a must see destination for visitors.

“The palace has a key role to play as a tourism driver for the area which brings increased benefits for the town and the wider area in terms of raising its awareness as a destination and also helping to drive economic growth through secondary spend.

“This has been a memorable 12 months for the palace, with the Chanel show in December, the record breaking jousting weekend, and now the best ever summer on record.

“This is an achievement that Linlithgow should be proud of.”