Waves at Skara Brae

Work is about to begin on strengthening the foundations of the sea wall at the Neolithic village of Skara Brae.

Waves have undermined a section of concrete toe on which the protective walling was built and could cause damage if left unrepaired.

Historic Scotland has now started a project which will involve digging two metres down, and inserting a new reinforced concrete toe with steel securing rods to bond the existing toe to the underlying bed rock.

Historic Scotland district architect, Stephen Watt, said: “This is an important piece of work along a 15-metre stretch of wall. The area affected is a bit beyond Skara Brae itself, but it is important because it stops the sea outflanking us".