World Heritage status sought for Mousa, Old Scatness and Jarlshof

A bid has been made for UNESCO World Heritage status for Mousa, Old Scatness and Jarlshof under the banner of “The Crucible of Iron Age Shetland”, it emerged today.

The sites have been put forward along with five other locations across Scotland and 32 from the UK and overseas territories and Crown dependencies and will now be assessed by an independent expert panel.

The experts will choose which of the sites – they also include Arbroath Abbey, the Glasgow buildings of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the Flow Country, the Forth Bridge and St Andrews medieval burgh and links – to put forward to UNESCO next year for consideration.

The winners will join the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China, the Statue of Liberty, the Great Pyramids and Red Square as well as several sites around Scotland – St Kilda, the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh, Heart of Orkney and New Lanark – on the list.

Scottish Secretary Michael Moore said: “All these sites have something special that draws people to them and they are recognisable across the world. I am delighted that so many of Scotland’s attractions have stepped forward and answered the UK government’s call for world heritage status.

“Scotland has a rich history that we should all be proud to celebrate. We have a world class heritage which contributes heavily both to the Scottish economy as well as to the local economies.

“To be successful in a UNESCO bid would be a great boost to Scotland’s economy and very welcome as we move forward from the recession and begin to rebuild our economy.”


Add Your Comment

Add Your Comment

Please note, it is the policy of The Shetland Times to publish comments and letters from named individuals only. Both forename and surname are required.

Comments are moderated. Contributors must observe normal standards of decency and tolerance for the opinions of others.

The views expressed are those of contributors and not of The Shetland Times.

The Shetland Times reserves the right to decline or remove any contribution without notice or stating reason.

Comments are limited to 200 words but please email longer articles or letters to for consideration and include a daytime telephone number and your address. If emailing information in confidence please put "Not for publication" in both the subject line and at the top of the main message.

200 words left

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Get Latest News in Your Inbox

Join the The Shetland Times mailing list to get one daily email update at midday on what's happening in Shetland.