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Dunnottar Castle in Seventh Heaven After Global Recognition

November 30, 2013 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

The Castle that was the inspiration for Merida’s Home in Disney-Pixar’s ‘Brave’ has made the top ten list of a global search for the 8th Wonder of the World. 

The announcement came this afternoon from, part of the TripAdvisor Media Group, who has been running an online poll for the last few months.

After more than five million votes worldwide, voters chose Turismo Chile’s entry of Torres del Paine National Park as the 8th Wonder of the World. Dunnottar Castle appeared in the top ten throughout the voting process and finishing 7th overall.

The atmospheric castle was the inspiration for Castle DunBroch in the Disney-Pixar Oscar-winning animated blockbuster Brave and was nominated as Scotland’s entry by a VisitScotland Facebook campaign.

Dunnottar had made the top ten in the Virtual Tourist competition by mid-July and remained in the top ten till voting closed at the end of September, the only UK entry to do so.

Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland, said:

“From a personal point of view, the North East of Scotland and in particular Dunnottar Castle are stunning, so it is no surprise that this breathtaking historical site was successful in making the shortlist in the 8th Wonder of World vote. The news that a place in Scotland has been ranked 7th overall is fantastic given over 344 locations were shortlisted and we offer our congratulations to the winner and all others in the top ten.

“In the Year of Natural Scotland, this is a great example of recognising and celebrating our rich cultural and environmental heritage.  Without a doubt this and the success of Brave raised the profile of the North East and Dunnottar Castle with a global audience ahead of the year of Homecoming 2014.”

Wendy Sylvester, Custodian at Dunnottar Castle, said:

“We are delighted that Dunnottar has taken seventh place in the 8th Wonder competition. Considering the calibre of the other competitors, we are really pleased that our wee Castle from the North-East of Scotland has done so well. We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has voted for us and supported us”

Fergus Ewing, Tourism Minister, said

“This is a tremendous accolade for the North East and for Scotland. Without doubt we’re riding on the crest of a wave with a plethora of accolades highlighting Scotland to a massive global audience. This type of showcase is imperative for the Scottish economy and I’m delighted that Scotland has received the recognition it so rightly deserves.

“2014 marks an incredible year for Scotland with the Ryder Cup, the Commonwealth Games and Homecoming 2014 all taking place in what will be once in a generation opportunity for many businesses and visitors. It’s without doubt our time to shine as we prepare to welcome the world.”

The other landmarks receiving the most votes and making up the top 10 are: 

2. El Salvador’s Santa Ana Volcano and Lake Coatepeque

3. Colombia’s Coffee Cultural Landscape

4. Guatemala’s Tikal National Park

5. Slovenia’s Skocjan Caves

6. Mexico’s Copper Canyon

7. Scotland’s Dunnottar Castle

8.Belize’s Great Blue Hole

9. Curacao’s Queen Emma Bridge

10. Croatia’s Old Town Dubrovnik 

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