Dumbarton Castle boss praised at the Scottish Thistle Awards

By Democrat reporter

Dumbarton Castle’s Monument Manager has received an award from his colleagues at the Scottish Thistle Awards.

Joseph Sellors, who was promoted to his position at the Castle in 2017, received the Regional Rising Star Award at Òran Mór in Glasgow.

He said: “I am delighted to have won the Regional Rising Star award.

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Dumbarton Castle. Picture by Michael Moffat

“I thoroughly enjoy my role at Dumbarton Castle and am passionate about Scottish tourism so to be recognised by my peers is very pleasing.

“I’m extremely grateful for all of the support I receive from my colleagues at Historic Environment Scotland.”

The Scottish Thistle Awards, which is now in its 27th year, helps shine a spotlight on individuals and businesses that go above and beyond to create a visitor experience worth talking about amongst the county’s valuable tourism industry.

It is led by Scotland’s national tourism organisation, VisitScotland, and supported by a panel of industry representatives across the country.

The 2019 award saw almost 600 entries submitted, which included more than 1,000 nominations from members of the public who were keen to give hotels, restaurants, B&B’s, visitor attractions and individuals the opportunity for recognition.

Spending by tourists in Scotland contributes around £6 billion to Scottish GDP, around 5% of its total number.

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