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Edinburgh Castle 'best heritage attraction'

Edinburgh Castle
Image caption The landmark was honoured at the British Travel Awards in London

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

The landmark won the honour at the British Travel Awards in London.

Last month the castle's owner, Historic Scotland, blamed the wet weather for a drop in visitor numbers, after recording a 9% decrease over the summer.

A Historic Scotland spokeswoman said they hoped the Disney/Pixar film Brave would help attract more tourists.

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: "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."

Nick Finnigan, Edinburgh Castle's executive manager, was presented with the gold award.

"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," he said.

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