The six stunning sites are…
Govan Stones, Glasgow
Ardrossan Castle, North Ayrshire
Ardrossan Castle, a medieval ruin which once played host to some of Scotland’ s most powerful people including William Wallace, came in second place.
The Howff, Dundee
The Howff, a 453-year-old graveyard, landed in third place with over 1,000 votes.
James Watt Cottage, Bo’ness (Falkirk)
Campbeltown Picture House, Argyll & Bute
Lincluden Collegiate Church, Dumfries & Galloway
The final spot was claimed by Lincluden Collegiate Church, where visitors can still find angels and cherubs carved in the stone.
The ‘Scotland in Six – Hidden Gems’ campaign began in June after 28 sites were nominated by local groups and organisations.
The six winning Hidden Gems sites are now preparing to mark their victory with six events during Scottish Archaeology Month in September.
Dr Jeff Sanders, Dig It! 2017 Project Manager, said: “We’ve been thrilled by the reaction to the Hidden Gems campaign. The people who nominated the sites have put an enormous amount of time and effort into the promotion and it’s been great to see members of the public respond with equal enthusiasm – whether they’re sharing childhood memories or discovering a site for the first time.”
Marie Christie, Head of Development, VisitScotland Events Directorate said: “From World Heritage Sites to ancient monuments, listed buildings to historic battlefields, cultural traditions to our myths, stories and legends, the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology is the time to explore Scotland’s fascinating past.
Following the success of Scotland in Six, celebrating World Heritage Day, it is great to see the overwhelming response from voters who are proud to support some of Scotland’s ‘lesser known’ sites.
These hidden gems highlight our rich and diverse history and we are looking forward to the events planned for Scottish Archaeology Month in September.”
To learn more about the sites, visit DigIt2017.com