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Issue 26 - Choosing the right path

Scotland Magazine Issue 26
April 2006

 

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Choosing the right path

Improved paths and a new viewing platform are being created at Skara Brae on Orkney to help protect the Neolithic village from the trampling feet of thousands of annual visitors.

In the past decade more than half a million people have trodden paths which run across the wallheads of some of the houses in the 5000 year old village. Signs of movement have been detected in some of the structures which, if not addressed, could seriously damage the World Heritage Site.

The changes will be carried out in several stages to avoid disruption to visitors, and will be completed by 2007.