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New flagpole for Edinburgh Castle

7 March 2012

Historic Scotland has applied to City of Edinburgh Council for permission to install a new flagpole at Edinburgh Castle that will be seen from Princes Street.

The Council will consider the planning application on whether the heritage agency can proceed with the installation.

Nick Finnigan, Edinburgh Castle Executive Manager, said: “The new site we are looking at will mean that visitors to the castle can have their picture taken in front of the flag which has never been possible before due to the height of the existing flagpoles.”

The new flagpole will fly the Saltire which will be visible from key tourist routes from Calton Hill; Princes Street and Edinburgh Waverley station.

The new flagpole will be located close to St Margaret’s Chapel and, if permission is granted, building work will be scheduled to minimise the inconvenience to visitors.

The castle won the 2011 UK Heritage Attraction of the Year title at the British Travel Awards and is regularly voted the country’s top paid-for tourist attraction.

It has also built a reputation as a unique music venue having played host to shows by Rod Stewart, Blondie, Leonard Cohen, Girls Aloud, Westlife, Pink, Duran Duran, Arcade Fire and Bryan Ferry. This year Noel Gallagher and Olly Murs will perform.

Notes for editors:

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.

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