Drumlanrig Castle has maintained its five-start rating from Visit Scotland, for a fifth year in a row.
The fourteenth century castle received a glowing report from assessors, making it one of Dumfries and Galloway's top visitor attractions. It was first awarded the top rating in 2009.
Around 1:30pm hours on Saturday 13 July 2013 a serious crash occurred on the A76 Dumfries to Kilmarnock road at the southern entrance to Drumlanrig Castle involving a car and a motorbike.
The 41 year old rider of the motorbike was taken to hospital by air ambulance suffering from serious injuries. The 80 year old driver of the Citroen was not injured.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash or who may have seen either vehicle prior to the collision to contact officers at Thornhill Police Station on 101
A group of top riders from across Britain are visiting Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfriesshire for the Scottish launch of the 2013 Tour of Britain.
Cyclists from the leading British Team UK Youth will join Olympic and Commonwealth medalist and Race Directos Mick Bennet, along with representatives from EventScotland, Dumfries and Galloway Council and Scottish Borders Council.
The riders will visit the Scottish Cycle Museum at the castle, where staff will show them the huge comparisons between the build and speed of vintage bikes and modern race bikes.
The region played host to a bygone era at the weekend.
More than one hundred vintage cars passed through Cumbria and stopped off at Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfries and Galloway on their way to Gleneagles.
All the vehicles were built before 1940 and were part of the 6th Flying Scotsman Vintage Rally, travelling hundreds of miles from London to Scotland.
Kim Inglis reports:
More than 100 vintage cars took part in the 'Flying Scotsman' endurance rally which passed through the region at the weekend.
The Chairman of the Endurance Rally Association, Phillip Young, said it was great to see a lot of support from the locals:
More than 100 vintage cars have stopped off at Drumlanrig Castle, during a rally through Dumfries and Galloway.
The cars, which are from 1940 or older, are travelling from London to Gleneagles in the Flying Scotsman Rally.
The oldest car taking part is from 1912, and has no front brakes.