Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

New app launched for visitors to explore north-east fortress virtually

Post Thumbnail

Built dramatically into the rugged Mearns coast, it is one of Scotland’s most iconic landmarks.

And now people from all across the world will be able to explore Dunnottar Castle, south of Stonehaven, from their phones.

The ruin has been included in a new virtual reality app, ScotlandVR, created by VisitScotland in the hopes of convincing more people to visit the country in person.

The ruin is one of 26 Scots attractions which included in the software, alongside the likes of Orkney’s Skara Brae and Edinburgh Castle.

The app was made following a collaboration between academics and technology and tourism experts.

ScotlandVR includes 360-degree views, images and footage of the landmarks included, accessed through a map of Scotland.

A team of students from Edinburgh Napier University came up with the idea for the app following a competition last year. It was created by company, Whitespace.

Last night Dunnottar Castle custodian Jim Wands said: “We had a fantastic year last year, figures were up more than 10%. We had more than 100,000 people visiting.

“People are just blown away by the castle. It looks like it should be something in a film or something out of somebody’s imagination – but it’s a real place people can come and visit.

“It is definitely an experience to come and see, and it is an authentic castle as well. It is not dressed up to look like something else.

“VisitScotland especially brings people to Scotland and the app is another fantastic opportunity to sell Scotland to the world. We are delighted to be featured in it.”

The castle as it is now can be traced back to the 15th and 16th centuries, however the site is believed to date back to the 5th century.

Also included in the app are Robbie Burns’ Ayrshire birthplace, the Cairngorms National Park, the Calanais Standing Stones in Lewis, the Glenfinnan Viaduct and the “hollow mountain”, Cruachan.

VisitScotland regional director, Jo Robinson, said: “I am delighted that Aberdeenshire is featured in VisitScotland’s exciting first venture into the world of virtual reality.

“Dunnottar Castle is an outstanding Scottish attraction and fantastic tourism asset so I hope that a virtual visit will encourage more people to come to see it in person and explore the region.”

Scottish cabinet secretary for culture, tourism and external affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said: “This virtual reality app provides people across the globe with a window into Scotland’s fantastic attractions. It will, I hope, inspire more people to discover Scotland for real.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]