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History and nature unveiled at the Ring of Brodgar

27 May 2008

Orkney World Heritage Site Ranger Service play host to free family events this June, delving into the past of the Ring of Brodgar and going back to basics with all things natural. The events demonstrate the diversity of the work of the Ranger Service and the expert knowledge the team has.

Thursday 5 June marks the anniversary of the sinking of the Hampshire and at the Kitchener memorial there will be an outdoor talk where visitors can discover all about this event which rippled through the world as a local, national and international incident. Lord Kitchener was most famous for his line ‘Your Country Needs You’ and details of his life, and how it came to an end, will be explored by the Rangers.

On Saturday 14 June visitors can learn all about the flowers, lichens and insects that can be found at the Ring of Brodgar at Know Your A, Bees and Cs. This event caters for people of all ages who are keen to find out all about the natural side to this historically significant site, and all the mini creatures and plant-life that have surfaced with the warmer weather.

Sandra Miller, Historic Scotland Ranger, said;

“There is a great variety of things for people to see at the Ring of Brodgar, from the archaeology to the natural landscape. At the Ranger Service we are keen to welcome people of all ages for the opportunity to learn a little more about this iconic landscape.”

The Ranger Service also offer free daily guided walks around the Ring of Brodgar, a stunning circle of upright standing stones dating to the Neolithic period, throughout June, July and August at 13.00. On the tour visitors will uncover the history behind the people who created the Ring of Brodgar, the possible reasons for its creation and what it may have been used for.

Notes for editors

Kitchener and the Hampshire is on Thursday 5 June at 11.00. Visitors are asked to meet at the Memorial. Know Your A, Bee and Cs is on Saturday 14 June at 11.00. Both events are free and no booking is required. Visitors are asked to meet in the Ring of Brodgar car park and are advised to wear appropriate outdoor clothing.

The Orkney World Heritage Site Ranger Service can be contacted on 01856 841 732.

Historic Scotland is responsible for 36 properties in Orkney ranging from the Broch of Gurness to the Knap of Howar and the Hackness Martello Tower and Battery.

The World Heritage Site Rangers are part of Historic Scotland’s network of Rangers – there are also Ranger Services at Holyrood Park and Linlithgow Peel.

Every year, Historic Scotland stages an extensive annual programme of events at its properties in care, with the aim of bringing history to life in an entertaining and informative way.  For details visit

Members can get free entry to all daytime events, plus unlimited entry to over 70 historic properties throughout Scotland. Prices start from £38 a year.

Historic Scotland has 345 outstanding historic properties and sites in its care. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country, including Edinburgh, Stirling, and Urquhart castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys and Skara Brae. For information visit

Historic Scotland’s mission is to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.

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Laura Adamson
PR Executive
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0131 668 8959 or 07769 630 763