Edinburgh Castle, Foto: Copyright © 2005 David Monniaux, Wikimedia, lizensiert unter cc-Share alike 3.0, Lizenztext im Impressum

Edinburgh Castle, Foto: Copyright © 2005 David Monniaux, Wikimedia, lizensiert unter cc-Share alike 3.0, Lizenztext im Impressum

The countdown is on for people to vote for Edinburgh Castle to win the Top UK Heritage Attraction award in the prestigious British Travel Awards.

The competition closes on 30th September 2013.

The castle, which was awarded the accolade in 2011 and 2012, is the only Scottish heritage attraction on the short-list and is facing competition from the National Maritime Museum in Cornwall and the Titanic Belfast.

Nick Finnigan, Executive Manager of Edinburgh Castle said: “It was a huge honour for Edinburgh Castle to be voted the top UK heritage attraction in 2011 and 2012. We are hoping that people will support us again as it would be fantastic to bring the trophy back to Scotland for the third year running.

“We hope as many people as possible will vote for us by visiting the Historic Scotland website on www.edinburghcastle.gov.uk by pressing the ‘Vote Now’ button.

“This has been a record-breaking summer for Edinburgh Castle. August was our busiest month ever recorded, with 229,940 visitors. There was also a 26 % increase in visitors from June to August in comparison with the same period last year.

“The castle is Scotland’s number one paid-for visitor attraction and we welcome more than 1.2 million visitors a year from around the world. Nothing can beat the spectacular setting of the castle for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the summer concerts and the fireworks to mark the end of the Edinburgh International Festival.

“Edinburgh Castle has a wealth of attractions for visitors to enjoy from the Scottish Crown Jewels, which are amongst the oldest regalia in Europe, the Stone of Destiny and St Margaret’s Chapel, the oldest building in Edinburgh, as well as our costumed performers who bring history to life, making it Scotland’s must-see historic attraction.”