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New heights for Scottish Seabird Centre

Management at the Scottish Seabird Centre are celebrating after another record-breaking year saw the facility named Best Performing Visitor Attraction in Scotland by the national tourist board, VisitScotland.

VisitScotland’s Scottish Visitor Attraction Monitor (SVAM) revealed that a total of 284,702 people visited the award-winning seabird centre at Anchor Green during 2007 – a massive increase of 26.3 per cent in visitor numbers on 2006.

The SVAM is compiled annually for VisitScotland by the independent research body, the Moffat Centre for Travel and Tourism Business Development, and represents around 700 major visitor attractions across the country.

A registered charity, the Scottish Seabird Centre is recognised as the world leader in remote wildlife viewing. Visitors can zoom in on wildlife on and around the islands of the Forth by controlling live, interactive cameras.

Tom Brock, the Seabird Centre’s Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to be one of Scotland’s most popular attractions. Now is a wonderful time to visit the seabird centre, with puffins nesting on the islands and the gannets on the Bass Rock in their full glory.”

To add to its list of summer attractions, the centre is launching new seabird safari boat trips around the Bass Rock.

Last year, more than 45 million people visited Scottish tourist attractions, an increase of 1.8 per cent on the 2006 figures.

Of the top 40 paid and free visitor attractions in Scotland in 2007, 13 were in Edinburgh and Lothians, although the overall figure for visitor numbers to attractions in Edinburgh and the Lothians showed a slight dip of 0.5 per cent.

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