PS170m Bill to Rescue Ancient Monuments
Byline: Alan Simpson Scottish Political Reporter
HUNDREDS of Scotland's national monuments are in urgent need of repair.
And a new report warns many of the country's 8,000 most historic sites need immediate restoration work to save them.
The report says a further 750 sites are in grave danger of becoming ruins within just 12 months.
The range of conservation threats varies across the country - but one of the most high-profile at severe risk is the ancient wonder of Skara Brae on Orkney. Rising tide levels are threatening the the Stone Age village, a World Heritage Site.
For the past 100 years, the main protection to the village has been a specially-erected sea wall - but it is in need of major repairs.
Even the most high-profile historic sites of Edinburgh Castle and Stirling Castle have repair problems that need addressed.
The figures are revealed in a new government national planning strategy which is looking to make restoration work easier. …