Book review: ‘Energy at the End of the World’ by Laura Watts; Tim Fryer; The IET

This Orkney Islands saga is an engaging account of cutting-edge technology at the geographical margins.

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Climate change tests on Orkney’s Neolithic sites; Kevin Keane; BBC

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Public urged to help protect Scotland’s historic sites amid crackdown on vandals; Alistair Grant; Herald Scotland

THEY rank as some of Scotland’s greatest treasures, providing a priceless glimpse into a past which would otherwise be lost in the mists of time.

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Police probe as ‘mindless’ vandals target 5000-year-old Orkney world heritage site; Charlie Gall; Daily Record

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World-renowned Ring of Brodgar stone circle vandalised; Belfast Telegraph

A world-renowned stone circle in Orkney which is more the 4,000 years old has been vandalised.

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Treasured Skara Brae site is at risk of rising tides; Louise Glen; Press and Journal

It is one of the most prized archaeological sites in the world.

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Things to see and do in Scotland; Sarah Rodrigues; LostWaldo

Don’t be fooled by its size: for a small country, Scotland punches well above its weight. Shrouded in history and folklore, blessed with breathtaking landscape and populated by charming people with an accent that’s almost as indecipherable as it is utterly charming. See these things to see and do in Scotland.

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Viking Cruises to Norway & the UK: An “Into the Midnight Sun” Travelogue; Howard Blount; Backroad Planet

Sail with Viking Cruises to Norway and the UK. This “Into the Midnight Sun” travelogue explores the 15-day itinerary, scenic destinations, and shore excursions.

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A Grand Expedition Cruise to The Outer Islands of  Scotland; Irene S Levine; More Time To Travel

“Scotland Slowly” is the perfect name for a leisurely Adventure Canada expedition cruise to the outer islands of Scotland.

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World Heritage Day: How many World Heritage Sites are there and where are they in the UK?; Olivia Waring; Metro

Skara Brae, Neolithic village dating from between 3200 and 2200 BC, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mainland, Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom, Europe
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Today is UNESCO’s World Heritage Day 2018, aka the International Day for Monuments and Sites. If you like travelling around and looking at stupendously beautiful things rooted in your country’s history, this is the day for you. And what better way to celebrate it than planning your next trip to one of the listed Unesco World Heritage sites? Beats spending your summer in front of Netflix. But just how many World Heritage Sites are there on the planet? And how many are in the UK? Are there any near you?

There are a grand total of 1,073 Unesco World Heritage Sites across the globe. Of those, 832 are cultural (like the Great Wall of China), 206 are natural (like Yellowstone National Park in America) and 35 are a mixture of both (like Mouth Athos in Greece). Sadly, 54 of them are classified as ‘in danger’ of being changed irrevocably and lost to history, due to problems like war, logging, mining or plans to build new developments. In the United Kingdom and its territories, there are 31 World Heritage Sites.

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