Visit Loch Ness member, Dunrobin Castle, the north of Scotland’s most dramatic visitor attraction, has been given a significant tourism accolade that places it among the top destinations in the UK such as Stonehenge and Windsor Castle.
The awards, from Irish firm CIE Tours International included UK tourism attractions. The CIE awards are known as the Tourism Oscars. This is the first year that British visitor attractions have been eligible for the accolade, and only eight attractions out of the hundreds of UK sites that were visited last year have met the exacting criteria for an award.
Dunrobin is one of the North’s most popular tourism attractions, with 65,000 visitors expected through its gates in 2012. The castle, which resembles a French château with its towering conical spires, is the most northerly of Scotland’s great houses and the largest in the Northern Highlands with 189 rooms. It is also one of Britain’s oldest continuously inhabited houses dating back to the early 1300s, home to the Earls and later, the Dukes of Sutherland.
Scott Morrison, general manager at Dunrobin Castle, said: “To receive the CIE Tours award is particularly pleasing as it is based on real feedback from customers and it shows just how much we have to offer to visitors. The castle and its grounds always impress people and we work extremely hard to make their experience enjoyable and memorable. The North of Scotland has world-class scenery and is always a big draw to visitors from the UK and overseas.
Located on the east coast of the Northern Highlands overlooking the Moray Firth, just north of the villages of Golspie and Dornoch, Dunrobin is about an hour’s drive north of the Highland capital, Inverness. The castle includes daily birds of prey flying demonstrations on the Castle lawn. It is open annually from April 1 – October 15.
For more information visit www.dunrobincastle.co.uk