Edinburgh has been named the UK’s most vegan-friendly city by animal rights group Peta.

The city’s Lord Provost, Donald Wilson, received a sculpture of Edinburgh Castle made out of vegetables when he was given the award at the city chambers yesterday.

A Sculpture of Edinburgh Castle Made out of Vegetables. Picture: Jon Savage

A Sculpture of Edinburgh Castle Made out of Vegetables. Picture: Jon Savage

Edinburgh cemented the top spot due to the city offering more than 20 vegan-friendly restaurants, including popular eateries such as The Auld Hoose and Henderson’s, which offer everything from soups and salads to burgers and traditional haggis – all without using any animal products.

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Yvonne Taylor, a spokeswoman for Peta who is from Edinburgh, said: “Vegan eating can help reduce the risk of lifestyle-related diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes, which affect Scottish citizens at a high rate.

“With so many delicious, plant-based options available throughout the city, it’s never been easier to cut animal-derived foods out of our diets.”

Other Edinburgh establishments with standout vegan options include Take It Away Spud, La Favorita Delivered, Ruan Thai Restaurant and the Caledonian Hotel.

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