EDINBURGH has been voted the second best UK city to visit in a prestigious travel awards list.
The Capital finished runner-up in the Conde Nast Readers’ Travel Awards 2013, only being beaten by London.
The city drew high scores in many categories, particularly for aesthetics and architecture, and user-friendliness.
Lord Provost Donald Wilson collected the award on behalf of the city.
He said: “Having just enjoyed our biggest and best summer festival season yet, welcoming hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city over the past few weeks, I was not surprised to learn that we had featured so highly in the readers’ favourite UK city poll.
“We have such an incredible breadth of things to see, do and enjoy here. That’s what makes the city such a fantastic place to live and why people from across the world continue to think of Edinburgh as a much-visit location.”
The awards are voted for by more than 40,000 people who recognised the Capital’s “beautiful architecture and fabulous culture”.
Edinburgh has made it into the top ten every year since the awards began in 1989. It has also topped the list three times in the past ten years – the last time in 2010.