City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

New Boss Takes the Reins at Edinburgh Castle


By edg - Posted on 14 February 2011

Nick Finnigan

Nick Finnigan has been appointed as Executive Manager of Edinburgh Castle, taking over from Barbara Smith. As the new king of the castle he will have to juggle the twin responsibilties of conserving the historic status of Edinburgh's most recognisable landmark and enhancing its position as the top paid visitor attraction in Scotland.

Finnigan has worked in Historic Scotland since 1989. His extensive experience within the organisation includes managing corporate hospitality, catering, membership and weddings.

In his previous role as Events and Filming Manager, his work ranged from organising costumed performers to bring Scotland’s history alive (something he'd like to do more of at the castle) to overseeing filming arrangements for locally shot Hollywood films Greyfriar’s Bobby and Burke and Hare.

“It is an honour to work for Edinburgh Castle, a world-class attraction steeped in history and tradition. There are many exciting events at the Castle for everyone to enjoy from the world famous Edinburgh Tattoo to the outdoor summer concerts with internationally famous groups and singers," said Finnigan.

The father of two teenage girls, Finnigan is keen to bring the castle to life for a younger crowd, which means that we could see a more varied and edgy line-up of bands and other shows at the castle.

“This year we are looking forward to a spectacular season of outdoor concerts including the Brit nominated group, Arcade Fire. I hope that these events will attract many more people to the castle which is one of the world’s most breathtaking and atmospheric locations,” said Finnigan.

“My goal is to ensure that all visitors continue to have an enjoyable and unforgettable experience of Scotland’s most famous castle and I look forward to building on the success of my predecessor.”