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Orkney Gateway consultation on World Heritage Site proposals closes this Friday

Date: 11 October 2021

Ring of Brodgar in the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site.

The consultation on ‘Orkney Gateway’ proposals for future management of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site (WHS) closes this Friday, 15 October at 5pm.

The Orkney Gateway Programme, led by Historic Environment Scotland, Orkney Islands Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, is aimed at providing a more in depth experience for visitors and locals alike across the WHS and generate opportunities for local people through a more responsible and sustainable approach to tourism.

The Programme is being funded with joint investment of up to £6.5 million from the Scottish Government and UK Government (SG £5.5 million/UKG £1 million), as part of the Islands Growth Deal – a ten-year investment programme jointly funded by the UK and Scottish governments, the three Island Councils and their partners from the public, academic and business sectors.

Details of the proposals including how to take part are available at www.orkney.gov.uk/orkneygateway.

(Comments can be also be emailed to worldheritage@orkney.gov.uk or posted to Orkney World Heritage Site Gateway Consultation, Development and Infrastructure, Orkney Islands Council, Council Offices, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1NY.)

The Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site includes world-famous Skara Brae, Ring of Brodgar, Stones of Stenness and Maeshowe chambered tomb.

The Orkney Gateway Programme proposals include measures such as improved signage, technology to monitor visitor numbers in real time and ‘apps’ to suggest alternative attractions, ‘active travel’ routes, e-bike chargers and welcome facilities, alongside coach permits and charging at some car parks to help disperse tourism sustainably around the WHS and across Orkney and generate income towards conservation and management of the WHS.

Two of the key aims of the Programme are to foster a sense of ownership and connection to the landscape and monuments and to ensure their preservation for future generations.

The closing date for feedback is 15 October 2021 at 5pm which will enable partners to revise and submit the final Outline Business Case for the Orkney Gateway Programme to the UK and Scottish Governments before Christmas 2021.

  • Summary:

    The consultation on ‘Orkney Gateway’ proposals for future management of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site (WHS) closes this Friday, 15 October at 5pm.

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