Pictavia artefacts to go to The Meffan

At the most recent City of Brechin and District Community Council meeting, Councillor Jim Houston spoke on the closure of Pictavia.

The decision to shut the tourist attraction, which is also home to the VisitScotland tourist information service, was made by the development and enterprise committee at their September 30 meeting.

Pictavia is set to close at the end of the current operating season, which falls on October 31.

At the meeting, Councillor Houston discussed where the artefacts from Pictavia - which includes seven Pictish stones - will be moved to. He said: “The artefacts will move to The Meffan temporarily.”

He further explained that no decision has been made as to the permanent siting of them.

He added: “The visitor centre will be temporarily sited in the library. Other places will be considered, but it’s being housed in the library in the short term.”

Speaking about the decision to close Pictavia, he continued: “It was not due to lack of investment. The main thing is the visitor numbers plummeted and it was no longer economically viable.

“It wasn’t a draw for the tourists which is a shame.

“It’s part of our heritage.”