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Scotland’s capital and the surrounding area

Explore Scotland’s cosmopolitan capital that is just a stones-throw away from attractive coastlines and scenery. Award-winning attractions and activities meet world-class history and culture in our nation’s capital city. Edinburgh and Lothians really tick all the boxes.

Find out more about the region’s tourism with this comprehensive selection of research and insights we’ve put together for you.

Edinburgh and Lothians Factsheet 2019

Published December 2020

This report provides a summary of statistics on tourism in Edinburgh and the Lothians. It gathers information from a suite of tourism monitors, national statistics and commissioned research.

Fast facts for 2019

5.3 million

overnight visits

24.8 million

day visits

20.7 million


£3.3 billion


Scotland Visitor Survey 2015 and 2016 - Edinburgh City summary

Published April 2017

Scotland Visitor Survey 2015 and 2016 - The Lothians summary

Published April 2017

Golf in East Lothian 2016

Published April 2017

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