Work on the Governor’s House being carried out at Dumbarton Castle.
By Democrat reporter
Jackie Baillie MSP has called for a greater level of investment in Dumbarton Castle as a letter from Historic Environment Scotland reveals that significantly less money is spent at Dumbarton Castle when compared to Stirling and Edinburgh Castles.
The letter, which is a response to Parliamentary Questions asked by the MSP, also reveals that the number of visitors to Dumbarton Castle has more than doubled since 2010, with 13,383 visitors in 2010 and 29,087 in 2018.
The MSP for Dumbarton and Lomond has also called for Historic Environment Scotland to ensure that as much of the collection associated with Dumbarton Castle will be retained on site.
Jackie Baillie said: “Dumbarton Castle is a much-loved community asset and also brings in tourism from across Scotland and beyond.
“Members of the Dumbarton Castle Society work extremely hard to promote this fantastic asset and their efforts have been rewarded with a huge increase in visitor numbers. Just think what could be achieved if investment was anywhere near the level enjoyed by both Edinburgh and Stirling Castles.
“I know that local people want the historic significance of Dumbarton Castle to be properly recognised. That’s why I believe that Historic Environment Scotland should increase the level of spending at Dumbarton Castle as the investment will have a direct impact on visitor numbers and ensure that the collection associated with Dumbarton Castle is retained there.”