The following story was posted on Orkneyjar.com yesterday, and is so good, we felt it worth repeating!

A new ‘virtual’ tour of Maeshowe at the winter solstice is now available online.

The animation was unveiled at a  special reception in Kirkwall on Tuesday evening.

The virtual tour of Maeshowe has been created using 3D laser-scanning data collected to aid with the conservation and interpretation of the site through the Scottish Ten project – a collaboration between Historic Scotland, Glasgow School of Art and CyArk to document Scotland’s five UNESCO World Heritage Sites and five international sites using cutting-edge digital technologies.

The animation can be seen on Historic Scotland TV’s YouTube channel.

Maes Howe © Tim Clark 2004