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A win win situation!

by StirlingCastle 25. August 2014 09:00

We are delighted to have been shortlisted in the Best UK Heritage Attraction category of the 2014 British Travel Awards, the largest consumer-voted awards programme in the UK.



However we know first-hand that the competition will be stiff as the award has been won the last few years by our sister attraction, Edinburgh Castle!  Others nominated are Arundel Castle in West Sussex, the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland and the National Maritime Museum in Cornwall.


The winner is voted for by the public and voting is now open until 30 September. Over a million votes were cast for last year’s awards, and the winners of the 2014 British Travel Awards will be announced at a ceremony on 26 November in London.



Liz Grant, Commercial Business Manager at Stirling Castle said: “I am delighted that Stirling Castle has been nominated for this prestigious award. An iconic site which has played a key role in Scotland’s history, it captivates visitors from around the world with its fascinating history and rich programme of events, exhibitions and historical re-enactments. I hope that visitors who’ve enjoyed their experience at Stirling Castle will get behind it and cast their votes.”


BTA’s chief executive Lorraine Barnes Burton said: “Stirling Castle is to be congratulated on reaching the voting stage of the prestigious British Travel Awards, the largest consumer voted awards programme in the UK. The BTAs 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.


“There are more companies in the competition than ever before, and some great vote-incentive prizes for consumers. We will be promoting the voting period to over seven million potential voters via our media partnerships and direct email campaigns to previous voters and this year we are expecting a record number of votes, so good luck Stirling Castle.”


To vote (UK residents only) for Stirling Castle to win the Best UK Heritage Attraction Award at the 2014 British Travel Awards visit www.britishtravelawards.com

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Hop on over to Stirling

by StirlingCastle 8. August 2014 04:11

Destination Stirling has launched a trial hop-on, hop-off bus service linking Stirling’s key attractions including the Wallace Monument, Stirling Castle, Smith Art Gallery & Museum and the Battle of Bannockburn Experience. Running from Stirling train station the service is available to visitors 7 days a week until the 22 August.



Funded by Scottish Enterprise; Destination Stirling is a newly established industry-led destination organisation aimed at bringing tourism businesses together to drive forward the tourism agenda for Stirling. If successful this trial would pave the way for a sustainable future summer service. It’s hoped that this would also encourage more visitors to arrive by public transport with this service in place to circulate between the key attractions in the area. As well as attractions the service also links the city centre with local towns including Bridge of Allan and Bannockburn.


Destination Stirling has been working closely with existing operators First Bluebird to deliver the service. Stirling Council and the previous operator of the open top City Sightseeing Stirling Tour have also been closely involved and incredibly supportive. As part of this project there is also a focus on increasing the awareness of existing public transport routes to various attractions in and around Stirling.



Geoff Morrison, Destination Manager at Destination Stirling, says “Stirling has an outstanding tourism product and enormous potential for growth in the years ahead. This service offers clear benefits to both our visitors and our attractions and in turn enhances our tourism offering.”


A spokesperson from First Bluebird says "We are delighted to be able to operate the Stirling Free Tourist Service on a trial basis. Supporting our local communities is very important to us and we have worked hard to get this service up and running in a short period of time. We hope that the service will be popular and be the foundation for a more comprehensive service."


Stirling Provost Mike Robbins says "This a crucial time in the development of Stirling. The events of 2014 provide local businesses with unrivalled opportunities and it’s essential we take every opportunity to enhance the overall visitor experience. This new service is a fantastic addition to Stirling and it will be exciting to see it develop further.”


Since its launch last weekend the service has already been well received by visitors. The uptake and feedback throughout the trial period will be used to develop a case for a future sustainable service.


There is more information on the Destination Stirling website

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Summer Sensibility

by StirlingCastle 31. July 2014 10:12

We’re delighted to be working with Chapterhouse, the open air theatre company, to bring one of Jane Austen’s best loved works to life next week.



Sense and Sensibility tells the story of two young sisters, romantic Marianne and rational Elinor Dashwood, as they take their first foray into eighteenth century society, in a tale of love, friendship and sisterly bonds. The death of the sisters' father brings their world of privilege into doubt.


The novel was first published in 1811 under the pseudonym ‘A Lady’. It was to be Jane Austen’s first published novel but only her immediate family were aware of her authorship, an anonymity would last until her death until 1817. The first edition of Sense and Sensibility sold out all 750 copies by July 1813, which was followed by a second edition. It is regarded as one of Austen’s best loved works and has been the subject of numerous adaptations, including perhaps most famously a 1995 film starring Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet.


Come and enjoy the tale of courtship, young love and high society at Stirling Castle on Thursday 7 August. As the performance is taking place in the great outdoors, bring along your own seat or rug, enjoy a picnic and remember to dress appropriately for Scottish weather – but most of all get lost in this superb story!


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