Scottish castle takes spot in UK Hidden Gems survey

An Argyll castle is on the wish-lists for many travellers, with the open-air theatre securing top spot in a new Hidden Gems survey.

McCarthy & Stone’s Hidden Gems survey had over 1400 participants and a selection of Hidden Gems to choose from, took place earlier this year and garnered exciting results.

With an aim to find the UK’s best locations and attractions for family days out, day trips or short breaks away, the voters ranged in age, gender and geographic demographics.

Kilchurn Castle proved itself to be a sought-after destination for people in the North East and Scotland regions, and even claimed votes from the South East and London.

Kilchurn Castle won 7% of the total votes. Perched dramatically at the head of Loch Awe with Ben Cruachan’s peak as its backdrop, Kilchurn Castle in Dalmeny, Argyll, is one of Scotland’s most photographed castles.

Built by Sir Colin Campbell in the mid-1400s, this castle remained Clan Campbell’s power base for 150 years, only being abandoned in the 1700s.

Still largely standing today, you can enjoy magnificent views across Loch Awe atop the castle’s original five-storey tower house and join the UK’s voters, in appreciating this hidden gem.

Minack Theatre in Porthcurno, Cornwall, secured the top spot as the nation’s favourite UK hidden gem, with a surprisingly even balance of votes between each region.

The stunning open-air theatre is positioned just four miles from Land’s End and offers breathtaking views across the Atlantic Ocean and Cornish coast. Known for its unique backdrop for quality performances that vary from musicals, theatre, live music and storytelling, Minack Theatre is an ideal destination for families and travellers.

Kent’s Shell Grotto came in second place, winning votes with its ornate shell mosaics and mysterious origins. Covered with stunning patterns and art created from humble cockle, whelk, oyster and mussel shells, Shell Grotto is a magical place for minds both young and old to imagine and explore.

Click HERE  to find out exactly how the UK voted for their top hidden gems and discover all the winners.