Visitors to Skara Brae have voted it one of the “must-see” attractions in the British Isles.
The Neolithic settlement, in the West Mainland parish of Sandwick, is the best preserved group of prehistoric houses in Western Europe and was one of only eight visitor attractions in the UK to receive a merit award, as voted by customers of international tour operator, CIE Tours.
Held annually by CIE Tours International, the Awards of Excellence are now in their 22nd year of recognising achievement in all areas of tourism.
Skara Brae’s manager, Mary Dunnett travelled to Dublin for the awards, where she was presented with her certificate by the Irish minister for transport, tourism and sport, Leo Varadkar.
The winners of the CIE Awards of Excellence 2011 are chosen from an independent evaluation of questionnaires completed by CIE Tours International customers.
Mary said: “It was a great honour to meet the Irish tourism minister and accept this award on behalf of all the staff at Skara Brae.
“We work extremely hard at Skara Brae, and with the wider team at Historic Scotland, to bring the visitor experience to life through vivid recreations of the realities of prehistoric life. This includes a replica of one of the houses which transports people back to the Neolithic age, to our information centre with interactive exhibits and artifacts from archeological digs.
“We are all gearing up for what I am sure will be another busy season and look forward to welcoming visitors over the upcoming months.”