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Wednesday, 31 July, 2002, 10:59 GMT 11:59 UK
Call to withdraw tourism 'slur'
Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle - one of Scotland's wonders
A survey of the "Seven Wonders of Britain" has been branded a "slur" on Scotland after it failed to list any attractions north of the border.

The Scottish National Party has called for list of top seven "must-see" tourist attractions, compiled by Yellow Pages, to be withdrawn.

The party said the study, which lists the Houses of Parliament and Stonehenge as the Britain's greatest wonders, was "flawed" because it showed a "complete ignorance of the rest of the UK".

The body responsible for tourism, VisitScotland, said it was a "pity" that the survey had not listed any sites in Scotland.

Seven Wonders of Scotland
Edinburgh Castle
Firth of Forth Railway Bridge
Falkirk Wheel, Forth & Clyde canal
Skara Brae pre-historic village, Orkney
St Andrew's Cathedral & St Rules Tower, Fife
Stirling Castle
Maes Howe, Orkney

The SNP's environment spokesman Bruce Crawford said: "From Edinburgh Castle to Glasgow Science Centre, from the standing stones at Callanish to the Forth bridges, from the Wallace Monument to the Falkirk Wheel, Scotland has many wonders which would surpass the list that has been produced."

He said that the survey gave a "blinkered" view of Britain's attractions.

"We are asking the people who compiled this survey to withdraw it because it casts a slur on the Scottish tourist industry," Mr Crawford said.

A spokesperson for VisitScotland said that the exclusion of Scottish attractions was largely due to the survey sample.

The study asked 2400 people to list their "wonders" of which just 200 were Scottish.

Skara Brae prehistoric village
Skara Brae prehistoric village

She said that people in England had voted for things that were familiar to them and Scottish attractions had not sprung readily to mind.

A large number of Scots had also voted for British "icons" such as Stonehenge and the Houses of Parliament, she said.

"There is plenty for English tourists to experience here and we are ready and waiting for them," she added.

Below the list of the top seven attractions, the survey provides regional rankings, including one for Scotland.

The top draw was Edinburgh Castle, with the Falkirk Wheel, Skara Brae and the Forth Railway Bridge making the list.

Respondents were also asked to choose an eight wonder, defined as a culturally significant site not currently regarded as a tourist attraction.

The statue of Greyfriars Bobby in Edinburgh was the Scottish choice.


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