Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has today welcomed the re-opening of Maeshowe, but described the solution as “less than ideal.”
Historic Environment Scotland confirmed today that Maeshowe will re-open to the public, with visitors bussed from Skara Brae while the visitor centre and car park remain closed to the public. Historic Environment Scotland further confirmed that new safety measures, including barriers and road signage, will be installed.
Mr McArthur took concerns following the proposed closure to the Culture Secretary in Holyrood last week, who Mr McArthur described as “optimistic”. The Orkney MSP is now due to meet with HES’ new Chief Executive, Alex Patterson, to take local concerns forward.
Commenting, Liam McArthur MSP said:
“While news that Maeshowe is to be re-opened to the public is, of course, very welcome the solution that has been put in place is less than ideal. It will be more logistically challenging for those wishing to visit the site and may even prove impractical for some.
“It is imperative, therefore, that ongoing discussions between Historic Environment Scotland and the local Council identify a sustainable, long term solution as soon as possible. Orkney’s tourism sector urgently needs more than a ‘mend and make do’ arrangement for enabling access to this key critically important site
“I plan to meet with HES’ new Chief Executive, Alex Patterson in the near future to reinforce this point”.