Great Visitor Attractions

We’re committed to continually supporting our tourism, food, and drink sectors to ensure we are ready to capitalise on the excellent opportunity we now have to raise the profile of the area as a key visitor destination.

The tourism sector not only supports 6,000 jobs in the region, it helps to put the area and Scotland on the world stage. In 2013, approximately 4.3 million people visited Edinburgh, the Lothians (including Midlothian) and the Scottish Borders, spending £1.3 billion.

We are ready to welcome the world to our great destination. We have already supported the industry with a £12 million investment in Abbotsford, the Home of Sir Walter Scott, invested in the National Mining Museum Scotland at Newtongrange, developed plans for Dalkeith Country Park, and regularly support major national and international sporting events such as the Melrose 7's, and cultural events like the Borders Book Festival.

Great Visitor Attractions

Our attractions, accommodation providers, local producers, pubs and restaurants are all developing new ideas and products to further enhance their quality. We’re proud to support their enterprise and hard work.

We are very excited about the re-opening of the Borders Railway. For commuters and tourists alike, the line will provide opportunities to enjoy the beautiful scenery and many attractions on offer between Edinburgh and the Borders.

Gillian Rankin

Marketing & Events Officer, National Mining Museum Scotland