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Top Scottish visitor attractions (latest news)

Edinburgh Castle has retained its position as Scotland’s number one paid for visitor attraction, according to new figures from the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA).

The castle, which is run by Historic Scotland, saw 1,302,826 visitors go through its doors in 2011, an 8% increase on the previous year. The upturn in visitor numbers was also reflected at other Historic Scotland properties, Stirling Castle and Urquhart Castle.

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Awards for Volkswagen up! (latest news)

The new Volkswagen up! was named Car of the Year and best City Car at the recent What Car? awards. It is the sixth time that the manufacturer has won the top honours since the awards began in 1978.

"We set out to design a car which would combine Volkswagen values and maximum space in a distilled and compact package; a car which embodies the pure essence of the brand," said Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Brand with responsibility for Development. "From its modern, clean and efficient engines, through its class-leading safety features to its innovative infotainment system, it is a design which encapsulates modern urban mobility"

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Visitor boost for Scotland
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The number of visitors to Scotland rose by eight percent in the first nine months of last year, according to the latest statistics. The results from the 2011 International Passengers Survey and the GB Tourism Survey Quarters 1 - 3 show that overall spend by visitors has also gone up 11%.

The domestic market continues to perform well, showing increases of 10% in visitor numbers and 21% in spend. Internationally, the number of visitors fell by four percent but the number of people coming to Scotland from North America rose by 18%.

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Driving theory tests get tougher (latest news)

Driving theory tests became more challenging this week when the Driving Standards Agency stopped using pre-published questions in the examination. Until now all the questions used in the driving theory test have been published.

The changes are intended to make sure that learner drivers and riders gain a better understanding of driving theory, because they can no longer rely on simply learning which options are correct for individual questions.

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