Visit Skara Brae virtually with new digital 3D model

A new 3D model of Skara Brae is offering online visitors an immersive digital experience of the 5,000-year-old Neolithic settlement.

The Historic Environment Scotland (HES) model was created using ultra-fast, high-resolution laser scanners, which capture 3D spatial data in the form of a point cloud. Hundreds of overlapping photographs are then combined with the 3D data to create the photogrammetric model.

The model allows visitors to explore inside House Seven – the best preserved on site – which has been closed to the public since 2006. But although visitors can no longer see the structure in the flesh, they can now explore it virtually.

Inside House Seven at Skara Brae
Inside House Seven at Skara Brae. (📷 Historic Environment Scotland)

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