Tourism award for Edinburgh Castle

The Castle houses the Scottish Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny

EDINBURGH Castle has been voted the best UK heritage attraction last night at the 2011 British Travel Awards ceremony in London.

Nick Finnigan, Edinburgh Castle’s Executive Manager, was presented with the gold award, the Oscar equivalent in the travel Industry.

He said: “This is a great honour.

“Edinburgh Castle is home to the Scottish Crown Jewels, which are amongst the oldest regalia in Europe and the Stone of Destiny, however it is also a fantastic venue for events ranging from rock concerts through to spectacular firework displays at the end of the Edinburgh Festival and New Year, bringing something for everyone to enjoy.”


The One O’Clock Gun has been fired almost every day from Edinburgh Castle since 1861 and St Margaret’s Chapel, the oldest building in Edinburgh, is one of the most romantic places to get married.

BTA’s chief executive Lorraine Barnes Burton said: “The British Travel Awards are widely considered to be the “Oscars” of the travel industry.  It’s the largest awards programme in the UK created to reward travel companies and the winning accolade is the benchmark for excellence when it comes to finding out who really is the best in the business of travel for the UK consumer.”

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs added: “I am delighted to hear thatEdinburghCastlehas been voted the best UK heritage attraction. We are very proud of its history and heritage.  It is a global icon and continues to attract visitors from around the world.

“This year it has welcomed the highest number of visitors since records began and I am delighted to announce that it has just recorded its millionth visitor this year.”