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Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site Management Plan 2014-19 - Consultation Draft


The Heart of Neolithic Orkney represents one of the richest surviving Neolithic landscapes in north-west Europe. Dating from c. 5000 years ago its impressive domestic and ritual monuments are masterpieces of Neolithic design and construction and give us exceptional insights into the society, skills and spiritual beliefs of the people who built them. In 1999 it was inscribed on the World Heritage List.

In accordance with UNESCO guidelines, following inscription a Management Plan was agreed by the partners with responsibility for managing the WHS and facilitating access to it. As the 2008-13 five-year plan period has now ended, the guidelines require a new five-year plan to be drafted and adopted.


The Management Plan Partners (Historic Scotland, Orkney Islands Council, Scottish Natural Heritage, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) invited comments on the draft HONO WHS Management Plan 2014-19. This plan will provide a broad framework for the management, conservation and enhancement of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site for the next five years. The draft Plan is available below.

PDF icon Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site Management Plan 2014-19 – Consultation Draft [pdf, 3mb]
Microsoft Word icon Consultation Response Form [word doc, 349kb]

Contact us

Alice Lyall
Heart of Neolithic Orkney WHS Coordinator
Orkney Islands Council
School Place
KW15 1NY
Tel: + 44 (0)1856 873 716