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Maeshowe reopens to the public

Maeshowe, one of Orkney’s most renowned prehistoric sites, has reopened to the public.

Access to the chambered cairn had been restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however the visitor centre reopened last year to share the story of the site with visitors to the islands.

Historic Environment Scotland reopened over 70 per cent of its estate last year, however, some of the sites had remained closed during the pandemic.

More sites are set to follow in reopening across the country on a rolling basis.

Stephen Duncan, director of marketing and engagement at HES said:

“We are delighted to have even more of our sites such as Maeshowe reopening up and down the country and across our Islands for the summer season, allowing us to again provide visitors with the opportunity to enjoy much loved heritage attractions.

“With over 5,000 years of history in our care, we have adopted a phased approach to reopening a lot of our sites, presenting as diverse a mix of attractions as possible and we are looking forward to welcoming visitors back to enjoy more and more of Scotland’s world class historic environment after what has been an extremely challenging time for everyone involved in the tourism and heritage sectors.”