Experts assess condition of Scotland's cliff-bound Old Wick

An archaeologist and a stonemason recently risked life and limb to investigate the ruins of the Old Man of Wick, a 12th century Scottish castle believed to have been built by Harald Maddadsson, the Earl of Orkney. The castle is perched precariously on the edge of a cliff overlooking the sea.

“The archaeologist and stonemason will go over the edge at a point where the cliff is around 100 foot high – certainly not the sort of challenge that everyone would want to take on. They will inspect the walling and take lots of photographs which we can then use to decide the best course of action to protect the castle for the future,” said Patricia Weeks, Historic Scotland cultural resources advisor.