A fatal accident inquiry is to be held into the death of a young tour guide who plunged from a cliff while showing holidaymakers a beauty spot on Orkney.
Jamie Shannon, 23, fell at the island’s popular Yesnaby Cliffs in June last year.
It is believed the gtour guid from Dunblane lost his footing while taking tourists along the tourist attraction in June last year.
Mr Shannon had been working with Edinburgh-based company Haggis Adventures at the time of his death.
The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service has announced that a fatal accident inquiry will be held into the circumstances surrounding his death and it is scheduled to be heard at Orkney’s Kirkwall Sheriff Court in June a full year after the tragedy.
Jamie had studied geography at Dundee University and always wanted to work in tourism.
The accident happened on the first day of one of his tours, as he was showing a group of young tourists around Orkney beauty spots. The tourists sent back to Edinburgh after witnessing the tragedy.
At the time, his family thanked emergency services in Kirkwall, including the coastguard and lifeboat crews who recovered his body.
Fatal accident inquiries in Scotland are mandatory if a death occurs while the person was acting in the course of his employment.
A statement released by Haggis Adventures folllowing Jamie’s death read: “Jamie was adored by us all. We are proud to call him our best friend.
“He loved his job, he was incredibly fun, passionate and cared deeply for everyone he ever met.
“It will be absolutely impossible to forget the impact he has had on all of us at Haggis, passengers and staff alike.
“His smile and laugh were infectious. We will miss his energy, his positivity, his loyalty and most of all his hugs.
“Nobody gives as good a hug as Jamie. To say he will be sorely missed is an understatement. Scotland came alive with Jamie at the helm, always with a smile.”
Yesnaby is on the west coast of the Orkney Mainland, south of world-famous Skara Brae. The Old Red Sandstone coastal cliff scenery, sea stacks and blowholes attract thousands of tourists every year. It is also popular with climbers attracted to Yesnaby Castle, a two-legged sea stack described as a smaller version of the Old Man of Hoy.