The world-famous Rosslyn Chapel has scooped a top tourism award recognising local efforts to improve the experience of visitors.
The chapel, which gained global fame after appearing in 2006 hit film The Da Vinci Code, was named ScotRail Best Visitor Attraction at the Central South East regional final of the Scottish Thistle Awards.
The Roslin church beat off stiff competition from The National Wallace Monument in Stirling and Born in the Borders Brewery and Visitor Centre.
Ian Gardner, Director of Rosslyn Chapel Trust, said: “It is fantastic news that we have won the regional final in the ‘best visitor attraction’ category of the prestigious Scottish Thistle Awards.
“Since completing the major conservation project at Rosslyn Chapel, our focus has been to keep enhancing the visitor experience and this award is great recognition for all members of our team who work hard to ensure that coming to the chapel is one of the best visitor experiences in Scotland.”
The chapel will now go on to fly the flag for Midlothian and the wider Central South East region at the national finals of the Scottish Thistle Awards in March next year.
Manuela Calchini, VisitScotland Regional Partnerships Director, said: “I am delighted for Rosslyn Chapel as this is a well-deserved award following on from its five star Historic Attraction award from VisitScotland.
“This beautifully-restored historic chapel has proved a huge hit with both ‘set-jetters’ and other visitors and this award will further boost its reputation in Midlothian and the wider Scottish tourism sector.”