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Scottish attractions suffer slump

Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Picture by PA
Kelvingrove Art Gallery saw a 35% drop in visitors

Bad weather and the rising cost of fuel have been blamed for a fall in the number of visitors to Scottish attractions in 2008.

Figures from the Association of Leading Visitors Attractions (ALVA) found Glasgow's Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum had suffered a 35% drop.

Edinburgh Castle's numbers were down 8% and the National Galleries Complex in Edinburgh saw a 10% decrease.

The Scottish National Portrait Gallery bucked the trend with a 19% rise.

The Scottish figures were in contrast to those from attractions in London and Liverpool who saw an increase in visitor numbers.

Despite the falling numbers, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum kept top spot as Scotland's most visited attraction last year.

According to the report, 1,445,098 people visited the Glasgow site in 2008, compared to 1,128,394 for second placed Edinburgh Castle.

The Kelvingrove had more visitors than the British Library and Tate Liverpool.

The National Galleries and the National Museum of Scotland, also in Edinburgh, took third and fourth spot with 842,958 and 614,894 visitors respectively.

The ALVA figures were compiled using visitor numbers provided by individual attractions across the UK.

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