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5 July 2016

Stirling Castle shortlisted for Best UK Heritage Attraction

Stirling residents asked to put their castle on the map by voting in the 2016 British Travel Awards

A general view of Stirling Castle, showing the gate house, royal palace and the roof of the great hall.

Stirling Castle has beaten the competition to become the only Scottish attraction on the shortlist for this year’s British Travel Awards. Members of the public now have until 30th September 2016 to vote for their favourite UK Heritage Attraction on the BTA website.

The British Travel Awards are the largest consumer voted awards programme in the UK. In 2015, over 254,000 members of the public voted for their favourite destinations, holiday providers and heritage attractions.

The castle faces stiff competition from Beamish Living Museum in Durham, the Giant's Causeway, Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire, Titanic Belfast and the Tower of London, so staff are appealing to locals and visitors alike to help put Stirling on the map.

Liz Grant, Executive Manager of Stirling Castle, said:

“It’s wonderful that Stirling Castle has been recognised once again by the British Travel Awards. Just being shortlisted is testament to the hard work of all our staff, but of course we’d love it if it was third time lucky with a win for the castle in 2016.

“It would be great if the people of Scotland could show support for the castle by voting online, and I’d encourage the many visitors we’ve welcomed through Stirling Castle’s gates to show their support too.”

It has been a busy year at the castle, which launched a new website and a brand new fashion event, In Vogue, as well as beginning a programme of conservation works on the James IV arch, and hosting cultural events from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra to Dunblane High School’s Shakespeare festival. Still to come this summer, Stirling Castle will host its popular outdoor theatrical performances, as well as running a range of activities for school children to enjoy over the holidays.

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