NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

Failed tourist site Archaeolink to be sold

Aberdeenshire Council has agreed to sell the site of the failed tourist attraction Archaeolink.

The prehistory park at Oyne, near Insch, was shut down in 2011.

Attempts to find a new backer have ended in failure.

It opened in 1997 but cost more than £100,000 a year in annual subsidies.

Aberdeenshire Council has agreed to put the former museum and a large amount of open space on the open market.

Councillor Fergus Hood, chairman of the Garioch area committee, said: "Archaeolink has served its use as a tourist facility and, having considered a range of options since its closure, it is felt offering the site for sale is the most sensible way forward.

"As well as the museum structure itself, the site boasts a substantial amount of open space and we hope it will attract significant interest."