Edinburgh Castle voted top UK attraction for the second year in a row

Edinburgh Castle has been voted a top UK attraction for the second consecutive year.

The landmark won top UK heritage attraction at the British Travel Awards in London on Thursday night.

Nick Finnigan, Edinburgh Castle’s executive manager, collected the gold award at the ceremony.

He said: "This is a great honour and I am delighted to bring another award back to Scotland.

"This year has been another eventful period in the castle’s history with the arrival of the Olympic torch and the spectacular lighting of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacon against the dramatic backdrop of the castle."

Fiona Hyslop, Culture and External Affairs Secretary, said: "I am delighted that Edinburgh Castle has received this prestigious award for the second year running.

"Edinburgh Castle has a key role to play in Scotland's tourist industry which is a vital part of our economy.

"Not only is it a pivotal part of our history and heritage but it also hosts spectacular events from the world famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo and summer concerts to the fantastic fireworks at the end of the Edinburgh International Festival and at Hogmanay to herald the new year."

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