Does The Orry have the X-Factor?

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The fascinating cultural heritage of The Orry in Eaglesham will be put firmly on the national map with a unique special event later this year.

But the East Renfrewshire landmark will only play a starring role in Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology if residents give it a digital thumbs-up in an X-Factor style public vote.

Dig It! 2017 has already worked with partners across the country to celebrate Scotland’s six UNESCO World Heritage Sites with six unique events.

Now just six lesser-known but equally fascinating sites – which could include The Orry – are in the frame for a major tourism boost.

Others include Hamilton Mausoleum, the prehistoric Cochno stone and Coats Observatory.

The Orry, an area of common land in the heart of the conservation village, still shows traces of its long history.. These include the remains of the New Orry Cotton Mill, which boasted five storeys and a massive cast iron water wheel before it burned down in 1876.

The organisers say of the contenders: “Unlike the World Heritage Sites, you won’t find these places featured in as many travel guides, postcards or Instagram feeds.

“They might be a little bit quieter, harder to find and rougher around the edges.

“You’ll have to step off the beaten track see some of them for your own eyes; it’s all part of the experience. Your reward is a piece of the past will surprise, delight and inspire you.”

If The Orry is one of the six Hidden Gem vote winners it will host a high profile event in September as a centrepiece of Scottish Archaeology Month.

Voting is now underway and will run on the Dig It! 2017 Facebook page until the end of July, with one “like” equaling one vote.

The link to the voting page is at http://www.digit2017.com/discover/scotland-in-six-hidden-gems/