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Visitor Attractions in Scotland : The Top Tourist Sites with an admission charges

Top Pay for Admission Attractions in Scotland
Attraction Location Visitors in 2009
Abbotsford Melrose 26,626
Aberdeen Arts Centre Aberdeen 58,764
Aberdour Castle Aberdour 13,441
Aberlour Distillery Visitors Centre Aberlour 7178
Alford Valley Railway Alford 14,354
Alloa Tower Alloa 7,638
Almond Valley Heritage Centre Livingston 118,649
Angus Folk Museum Forfar 3,632
Arbroath Abbey Arbroath 13,378
Archaeolink Prehistory Park Insch 16,277
Ardbeg Distillery Port Ellen 6,247
Ardkinglas Woodland Garden Cairndow 4,420
Ardnamurchan Lighthouse Visitor Centre Acharacle 16,500
Arduaine Garden Oban (Near) 15,127
Armadale Castle Gardens & Museum of the Isles Sleat 36,254
Arniston House Gorebridge 558
Auchentoshan Distillery Dalmuir 19,150
Auchgourish Botanic Garden Boat of Garten 2,600
Auchindrain Highland Farm Township Inveraray 4,454
Bachelors Club Tarbolton 1,244
Balmoral Estates Ballater 59,972
Balvenie Castle Keith 5,321
Bannockburn Heritage Centre Stirling 50,571
Barrie’s Birthplace Kirriemuir 5,085
Barry Mill Carnoustie 3,363
Bernera Museum Bernera 482
Biggar Gas Works Biggar 926
Birkhill Fireclay Mine Bo’ness (Near) 6,826
Bishop’s and Earl’s Palaces Kirkwall 10,895
Black House Arnol Bragar 12,494
Blackness Castle Linlithgow 15,110
Blair Athol Distillery Pitlochry 28,700
Blair Atholl Country Life Museum Blair Atholl 2,537
Blair Castle Pitlochry (Near) 135,119
Blairs Museum Trust [St. Mary’s Church] Blairs 1,205
Bolfracks Garden Aberfeldy 1,653
Bonawe Iron Furnace Taynuilt 5,786
Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway Bo’ness 70,565
Bothwell Castle Uddingston 9,414
Branklyn Garden Perth 8,450
Breadalbane Folklore Centre Killin 4,456
Briarlands Farm Stirling 30,000
British Golf Museum St Andrews 43,990
Broch of Gurness Evie 9,547
Brodick Castle Brodick 25,795
Brodick Country Park Brodick 43,418
Brodie Castle Forres 18,705
Brough of Birsay Birsay 5,126
Broughton House & Garden Kircucdbright 12,048
Bunnahabhain Distillery Port Askaig 5,676
Burns National Heritage Park Ayr 282,628
Bute Museum Rothesay 6,031
Caerlaverock Castle Dumfries 36,643
CairnGorm Mountain Railwayi Aviemore (Near) 143,716
Cairngorm Reindeer Centre Aviemore 19,907
Cairnpapple Hill Torphichen 2,613
Camperdown Wildlife Centre Dundee 59,650
Cardhu Distillery Visitor Centre Aberlour 4,973
Cardoness Castle Castle Douglas 5,441
Carlyle’s Birthplace Lockerbie 526
Castle Campbell Dollar 18,470
Castle Fraser Inverurie 15,390
Castle Kennedy Gardens Stranraer 15,375
Castle Menzies Aberfeldy 10,000
Cawdor Castle Nairn 86,560
Celtic Museum Trust Glasgow 22,000
City Sightseeing Glasgow Glasgow 103,640
Clan Cameron Museum Spean Bridge 4,000
Clynelish Visitor Centre Brora 3,182
Comann Eachdraidh Lios M’Or
(Lismore Historical Society)
Lismore 1,749
Corgarff Castle Strathdon 4,286
Craigmillar Castle Edinburgh 19,846
Craignethan Castle Lesmahagow 5,294
Craigston Castle Turriff 160
Crarae Gardens Inverary 12,010
Crathes Castle Banchory 49,823
Cream o’ Galloway Castle Douglas 71,452
Creetown Gem Rock Museum Newton Stewart 35,478
Creetown Heritage Museum Newtown Stewart 1,377
Crichton Castle Pathhead 3,999
Crossraguel Abbey Maybole 3,331
Culloden Visitor Centre Inverness 112,178
Culross Palace Culross 13,337
Culzean Castle and Country Park Maybole 175,210
Dallas Dhu Forres 11,619
Dalwhinnie Distillery Dalwhinnie 22,551
David Livingstone Centre Glasgow 20,159
Delgatie Castle Turriff 6,572
Denny Tank Dumbarton 3,516
Dewar’s World of Whisky Aberfeldy 31,400
Dirleton Castle Dirleton 23,344
Discovery Pointi Dundee 151,365
Doune Castle Doune 34,058
Drum Castle Banchory 12,300
Drummond Gardens Muthill, Crieff 16,009
Dryburgh Abbey St Boswells 22,562
Duart Castle Craignure 33,859
Duff House Gallery Banff 11,041
Dumbarton Castle Dumbarton 13,861
Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum Dumfries 6,961
Dundonald Castle Dundonald 7,097
Dundrennan Abbey Dundrennan 3,371
Dunfermline Abbey and Palace Dunfermline 11,323
Dunnottar Castle Dunecht 52,500
Dunoon and Cowal Heritage Centre Dunoon 5,806
Dunrobin Castle Golspie 62,689
Dunstaffnage Castle Oban (Near) 21,478
Edinburgh Bus Tours Edinburgh 531,352
Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World Lasswade 79,075
Edinburgh Castle Edinburgh 1,196,481
Edinburgh Zoo Edinburgh 636,867
Edzell Castle Brechin (Near) 6,935
Elcho Castle Perth 6,401
Elgin Cathedral Elgin 23,267
Elgin Museum Elgin 7,486
Ellisland Farm Dumfries 4,506
Eyemouth Museum Eyemouth 3,602
Falkirk Wheel Falkirk 476,778
Falkland Palace Cupar 48,364
Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve and Visitor Centre New Lanark 24,376
Fife Folk Museum Ceres 2,702
Finlaystone Country Estate Langbank 63,978
Five Sisters Zoo West Calder 39,672
Fort George Inverness 61,460
Fraserburgh Heritage Centre Fraserburgh 4,018
Frigate Unicorn Dundee 5,287
Fyvie Castle Turriff 17,514
Gairloch Heritage Museum Gairloch 4,596
Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park Kirkcudbright 30,820
Gearrannan Blackhouse Village Carloway 15,515
Geilston House Helensbugh 8,234
Georgian House Edinburgh 40,644
Gilnockie Tower Canonbie 154
Gladstone’s Land Edinburgh 41,485
Glamis Castle Glamis 101,764
Glasgow School of Art Enterprises Ltd Glasgow 24,583
Glen Grant Distillery and Garden Aberlour 10,375
Glen Moray Distillery Visitor Centre Elgin 4,514
Glen Ord Distillery Muir of Ord 17,761
Glenbarr Abbey Macalister Clan Visitor Centre Tarbert (Near) 964
Glencoe Visitor Centre Ballachulish 37,747
Glenesk Folk Museum Brechin 12,285
Glenfarclas Distillery Ballindalloch 9,081
Glenfinnan Monument Glenfinnan 23,900
Glenfinnan Station Museum Glenfinnan 40,350
Glengoyne Distillery Killearn (Near) 45,610
Glenkinchie Distillery Tranent 23,634
Glenluce Abbey Newton Stewart 168
Glenmorangie Distillery Tain 20,071
Glenwhan Gardens Stranraer (Near) 7,000
Gordon Highlanders Museum Aberdeen 25,794
Gosford House Longniddry 786
Grampian Transport Museum Alford 47,605
Grassic Gibbon Centre Laurencekirk 6,937
Greenbank Gardens Glasgow 32,140
Hackness Battery & Martello Tower Hoy 1,802
Haddo House Ellon 3,608
Hamilton Mausoleum Hamilton 2,145
Hamilton Toy Collection Callander 4,195
Hanseatic Booth Whalsay 200
Harbour Cottage Gallery Kirkcudbright 7,800
Heads of Ayr Farm Park Ayr 129,858
Hermitage Castle Newcastleton 5,531
Highland Park Distillery Kirkwall 15,453
Highland Wildlife Park Kingussie 125,513
Highland Wineries Inverness 20,000
Hill House Helensburgh 26,254
Historylinks Museum Dornoch 6,371
Holmwood House Glasgow 6,348
House of Binns Edinburgh 3,449
House of Dun Montrose 8,718
Hugh Miller’s Cottage Cromarty 3,376
Huntingtower Castle Perth 8,533
Huntly Castle Huntly 12,430
Inchcolm Abbey Edinburgh 19,437
Inchmahome Priory Stirling 16,862
Innerpeffray Library Crieff 960
Inveraray Castle Inveraray 73,670
Inveraray Jail Inveraray 65,481
Inveresk Lodge Garden Musselburgh 2,297
Inverewe Garden Poolewe 76,322
Inverness Floral Hall & Coffee Shop Inverness 16,424
Iona Abbey & St Columba Centre (Mull) Isle of Iona 60,133
Islesburgh Summer Exhibition Lerwick 472
Jarlshof Sumburgh 12,281
Jedburgh Abbey Jedburgh 18,086
Jedforest Deer & Farm Park Jedburgh 13,500
Jim Clark Trophy Room Duns 3,965
John Buchan Centre Biggar (Near) 1,015
John Knox House Edinburgh 15,337
John Paul Jones Birthplace Museum and Cottage Dumfries (Near) 1,665
Kelburn Castle & Country Centre Fairlie 59,650
Kellie Castle Pittenweem 11,314
Kildrummy Castle Alford (Near) 7,200
Kilmartin House Museum Kilmartin 12,249
Kirriemuir Camera Obscura Forfar 3,850
Kisimul Castle Castlebray 5,581
Lagavulin Distillery Visitor Centre Port Ellen 5,500
Laidhay Croft Museum Dunbeath 2,530
Landmark Forest Adventure Park Aviemore (Near) 141,793
Leadhills & Wanlockhead Railway Leadhills 2,184
Leadhills Miners Library Leadhills 186
Legend of the Dew of Ben Nevis Fort William 25,340
Liddesdale Heritage Centre & Museum Newcastleton 742
Linlithgow Palace Linlithgow 61,413
Linlithgow Story Linlithgow 3,106
Linlithgow Union Canal Society Linlithgow 4,936
Loch Leven Castle Kinross 19,879
Loch of the Lowes Dunkeld 23,638
Lybster Harbour Visitor Centre Lybster 707
Lyth Arts Centre Wick 1,368
Mabie Farm Park Dumfries 74,596
Macallan Distillery Craigellachie 11,926
Macduff Marine Aquarium Macduff 48,567
Maclellans Castle Kirkcudbright 6,059
MacRobert Stirling 125,000
Maeshowe Stromness 21,357
Maggie’s Hoosie Inverallochy 450
Mallaig Heritage Centre Mallaig 6,852
Malleny Garden Edinburgh 5,361
Manderston Duns 5,106
Meigle Sculptured Stone Museum Meigle 3,169
Mellerstain House Gordon 4,169
Melrose Abbey Melrose 46,665
Mertoun Gardens Melrose 395
Moirlannich Longhouse Killin 1,142
Monikie Country Park Dundee 236,025
Montrose Basin Wildlife Centre Montrose 12,859
Morrison’s Bowmore Distillery Ltd. Bowmore 8,156
Mount Stuart Rothesay 30,271
Museum of Country Life and Costume Kilwinning (At Dalgarven Mill) 18,000
Museum of Islay Life Port Charlotte 3,351
Museum of Scottish Lighthouses Fraserburgh 14,653
National Museum of Costume Dumfries 18,473
National Museum of Flight Haddington (Near) 82,002
National Museum of Rural Life East Kilbride 69,397
National Wallace Monument Stirling 126,237
Nelson Monument Edinburgh 5,533
Nevis Rangei Fort William 150,865
New Abbey Corn Mill Dumfries 4,581
Newark Castle Port Glasgow 3,059
Newhailes Musselburgh 5,676
Newton Stewart Museum Newton Stewart 781
Oban Distillery Visitor Centre Oban 31,200
Old Town Jail Stirling 17,503
Orcadian Stone Company Ltd Golspie 395
Orkney Fossil and Vintage Centre Burray 13,395
Orkney Wireless Museum Kirkwall 1,374
Our Dynamic Earth Edinburgh 298,287
Paxton House Berwick (Near) 18,180
Pictavia Visitor Centre Brechin 5,750
Pitmedden Garden & Museum of Farm Life Ellon 16,737
Pitmuies Gardens Forfar (Near) 3,158
Pollok House Glasgow 85,549
Preston Mill & Phantassie Doocot East Linton 2,055
Priorwood Garden Melrose 9,712
Pulteney Distillery Visitor Centre Wick 4,500
Queen’s Cross Church Glasgow 7,042
Quendale Water Mill & Visitor Attraction Dunrossness 2,854
Robert Smail’s Printing Works Innerleithen 3,567
Rosslyn Chapel Roslin 138,849
Rothesay Castle Rothesay 10,116
Royal Lochnagar Distillery Visitor Centre Ballater (Near) 12,004
Royal Yacht Britannia Edinburgh 258,388
RSPB (Vane Farm) Kinross 56,191
RSPB Nature Reserve Lochwinnoch 29,554
Satrosphere Aberdeen 39,923
Scallam Visitor Centre Outer Hebrides  15,000
Scone Palace Perth 103,000
Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre Edinburgh 238,542
Scotland’s Secret Bunker St Andrews 34,131
Scott Monument Edinburgh 66,382
Scottish Crannog Centre Kenmore 24,163
Scottish Deer Centre Cupar (Near) 31,879
Scottish Fisheries Museum Anstruther 97,326
Scottish Maritime Museum Irvine 10,630
Scottish Mining Museum Newtongrange 45,186
Scottish Seabird Centre North Berwick 291,474
Scottish Vintage Bus Museum Dunfermline (Near) 3,622
Seaprobe Atlantis Cruises Kyle of Lochalsh 16,941
Sensation The Dundee Science Centre Dundee 78,199
Seton Collegiate Church Longniddry 3,037
SFA Football Museum Glasgow 41,303
Skaill House Sandwick 49,975
Skara Brae Stromness 69,361
Skye Museum of Island Life Kilmuir 16,800
Smailholm Tower Kelso 6,506
Souter iohnnies Cottage Kirkoswald 2,118
Spynie Palace Elgin (Near) 6,932
St Andrews Botanic Garden St Andrews 19,300
St Andrew’s Castle St Andrews 55,163
St Andrew’s Cathedral St Andrews 30,162
St Peter’s Heritage Centre Peterculter 982
St Vigeans Museum Arbroath 2,073
Stanley Mills Perth (Near) 18,190
Stirling Castle Stirling 383,293
Strachur Smiddy Museum Strachur 645
Strathisla Distillery Keith 11,998
Strathnaver Museum Thurso 3,618
Strathspey Steam Railway Aviemore 58,969
Stromness Museum Stromness 7,626
Surgeon’s Hall Museum Edinburgh 12,094
Sweetheart Abbey Dumfries 9,572
Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum Arts Centre North Uist 31,525
Tain Through Time Tain 8,841
Talisker Distillery Visitor Centre Carbost 52,000
Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour Glasgow 29,268
Tantallon Castle North Berwick 30,819
Tarbat Discovery Centre Tain 2,227
Tenement House Glasgow 17,318
The Castle & Gardens of Mey Thurso 28,598
The Loch Ness Exhibition Centre Drumnadrochit 330,000
The Real Mary King’s Close Edinburgh 175,025
The Three Hills Roman Heritage Centre Melrose 3,198
Thirlestane Castle Lauder 6,298
Threave Castle Castle Douglas 9,514
Threave Garden Castle Douglas 54,769
Timespan Heritage Centre Helmsdale 12,617
Titan Crane Queens Quay 7,064
Tolquhon Castle Tarves 4,241
Tomatin Distillery Tomatin 25,875
Tomb of the Eagles South Ronaldsay 11,088
Torridon Countryside Centre Achnasheen 7,053
Toy Museum Glendale 3,670
Traquair House Innerleithen 19,367
Trimontium Museum Melrose 3,002
Trinity House Maritime Museum Edinburgh 933
Tullibardine Distillery Blackford 130,000
University Marine Biological Station Isle of Cumbrae 2,394
Urquhart Castle Drumnadrochit 282,203
Verdant Works Dundee 11,248
Vikingar Largs 19,849
Waverley Excursions Ltd Glasgow 34,656
Weaver’s Cottage Kilbarchan 1,426
West Highland Museum Fort William 9,179
Whithorn Story Whithorn 8,377
 

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