CULTURE Secretary Fiona Hyslop has confirmed a £6.6 million funding boost to support investment in conservation work, repairs and visitor facilities at iconic heritage sites and monuments.

The move announcement follows the publication yesterday of the most comprehensive assessment ever undertaken on the properties. The a comprehensive study giving a comprehensive picture of the condition of more than 300 properties managed by Historic Environment Scotland, on behalf of ministers, and aa and sets out the work needed to redress the impact of deterioration and climate.

The report estimates conservation and repair work to the value of £65m is required over 10 years to restore and protect heritage sites.

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The funding announced yesterday will enable conservation work to start at priority sites including Doune, Stirling and Edinburgh Castles during 2017 – the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.