Dunnottar Castle seventh but closes due to health and safety

Wendy Sylvester, Dunnottar Castle Custodian says thank you to all the support given to the castle
Wendy Sylvester, Dunnottar Castle Custodian says thank you to all the support given to the castle

DUNNOTTAR Castle, one of Scotland’s most spectacular ruined fortresses, has made the top 10 in the search for the 8th Wonder of the World.

The iconic Kincardineshire castle, which inspired Princess Merida’s family home in Disney-Pixar’s Brave was the clear winner for Scotland’s nomination for the contest.

After more than five million votes worldwide, people chose Turismo Chile’s entry of Torres del Paine National Park as the 8th Wonder of the World.

Dunnottar custodian Wendy Sylvester told the Mearns Leader: “We are absolutely delighted to have be awarded seventh place in the competition, especially as we were up against some really spectacular destinations from all over the world.

“It’s not just a win for Dunnottar, it’s a win for the whole of the North-east of Scotland and we would like to thank everyone in our local town of Stonehaven, from across Scotland and the rest of the world who voted daily for us.

“This means a lot to our small staff team at the castle.’’

However, in a post on Facebook early this week, it was revealed the castle would have to close for vital repair work.

The post reads: “It seems a shame to follow all the good new of recent times with some bad news, but we regret to say that Dunnottar Castle will remain closed indefinitely at the moment owing to urgent repairs required to Benholm’s Lodging roof.

“Those of you who know the castle well will know that this is the huge building which looms over you as you climb the steps up to the entrance.

‘‘These works were scheduled for next year but circumstances have dictated that they must be done now.

‘‘This is to ensure the health and safety of our visitors and staff.

‘‘It is a sad day for all of the staff and management team involved here but safety must come first.”

UPDATE: Dunnottar Castle announced Thursday November 7 that they are hoping to reopen by November 18.