Scotland is home to 1,233 sites occupying standing stones, among the most ancient in Europe, and 352 sites featuring a Pictish symbol stone.
VisitScotland can reveal that sites of some of the country’s most well-known stone attractions are proving popular with visitors.
Latest figures show increases of up to 45 per cent over the past five years and, one of the most recognisable collection of standing stone sites, the 5,000-year-old Calanais Standing Stones on the Isle of Lewis, saw a 20 per cent increase in visits between 2013 and 2017.
UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Heart of Neolithic Orkney, which features The Stones of Stenness (considered the earliest henge monument in the British Isles) and The Ring of Brodgar, saw 25,501 visits to its visitor centre at Maeshowe last year, a seven per cent rise from 2013.
Edinburgh Castle, which houses the Scottish Crown Jewels (the Honours of Scotland) and the Stone of Destiny (the Coronation Stone), has seen visits rise 45 per cent, from 1,420,027 to 2,063,709, over the same period.
The figures come from the Scottish Visitor Attraction Monitor, which is collated by the Moffat Centre, based at Glasgow Caledonian University.