Stonehaven’s very own Dunnottar Caste has won a competition by VisitScotland to name the “eighth wonder of the world.”
The historic castle which draws thousands of visitors to the area each year, inspired Princess Merida’s family home in Disney-Pixar’s animated blockbuster Brave.
Dunnottar Castle, will now be put forward as Scotland’s official nomination for VirtualTourist.com’s global competition to crown the 8th Wonder when worldwide voting starts on June 3.
The famous castle was up against such Scottish icons as the Callanish Stones on Lewis, The Cuillins on Skye, Edinburgh Castle and the Striding Arches in Dumfries and Galloway. People across the world were encouraged to visit the social media page and ‘like’ one of the attractions, which in the end saw nearly 10,000 people cast their vote.
The castle, which was the inspiration for Castle DunBroch in the Oscar-winning Disney-Pixar film Brave, romped home with more than 1,800 ‘likes’ on the national tourism organisation’s Facebook page. It beat its nearest competition - the Cuillins on Skye - by over 600 ‘likes’
Dunnottar Castle custodian, Wendy Sylvester, said: “We are delighted and honoured that we have been selected to represent Scotland in VirtualTourist.com’s ‘8th Wonder of the World’ competition.
“All the locations and attractions featured in VisitScotland’s shortlist encompassed all that is great about Scotland, so we knew from the start that we were up against some very strong competition indeed.
“The support we have received from our local community, further afield in Scotland and UK, and overseas, has been overwhelming and we can’t thank everyone enough for supporting us and taking the time to vote for Dunnottar.
“We hope that everyone continues to get behind us in the next stage of the competition so we can put not only Dunnottar Castle and the town of Stonehaven on the map, but fly the flag for the whole of Scotland as a must-see visitor destination for those coming from further afield.”
Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland, said:
“We absolutely loved every one of the awe-inspiring locations featured on VisitScotland’s Facebook page and I am delighted that Dunnottar Castle has received the most ‘likes’ from our Facebook fans. It thoroughly deserves to go forward and stand alongside the other world-renowned attractions vying for the title of ‘8th Wonder of the World’.
“We are lucky enough to live in a country that is full of wondrous and iconic attractions and locations - something we will be showcasing on the global stage as we prepare to welcome the world in 2014.”