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Scotland’s Dunnottar Castle sits in top ten of “8th Wonder of the World” poll

Press Release   •   Jul 17, 2013 00:00 BST

Dunnottar Castle, which was nominated as Scotland’s entry by VisitScotland following a Facebook poll, is currently in the top ten out of 350 entries in the Virtual Tourist competition.

And with online voting not due to finish until mid-September, there is plenty of time for people to help the stunning Stonehaven landmark stake its claim as the “8th wonder of the world”.

It is up against world-famous landmarks, including the Empire State Building, the Golden Gate Bridge, Stonehenge and the Matterhorn.

Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland, said: “Dunnottar Castle is one of Scotland’s most remarkable landmarks and it is fantastic to see it doing so well among some extremely strong competition from around the world. In the Year of Natural Scotland, it would be wonderful to see this Scottish icon crowned as the ‘8th wonder of the world’ and I encourage people to go to to cast their vote.”

Wendy Sylvester, Custodian at Dunnottar Castle, said: “We were delighted to learn of our placing so far in Virtual Tourist’s competition and are overwhelmed by the support we have received locally, from the rest of Scotland and from everyone overseas. We would like to thank everyone who has voted for Dunnottar so far and hope that you will continue to get behind the castle and support us. Bringing the title to Scotland would not only be great for the North-East, but for Scotland as a whole.”

Dunnottar Castle was recently awarded a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor, placing it in the top-performing 10% of all businesses worldwide on the travel website. The award is given to businesses that consistently earn high ratings from TripAdvisor travellers., part of the TripAdvisor Media Group, is a leading travel research website. It will crown the ‘8th Wonder of the World’ in collaboration with its media partner, top American TV show Extra in October.

 To vote for Dunnottar Castle, go to  

Voting closes on September 30.


For further information contact:

Tom Maxwell

Corporate Press Officer

Tel: 0131 472 2409

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