Jarlshof, Shetland

Wonderful jumble of ancient archeological sites

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Jarlshof is a warren of roofless subterranean chambers that are for the most part remarkable for being the remains of five separate eras – a sort of longstanding home-extension project in a several distinct styles.

The oval structures are Bronze Age; Iron Agers added a broch (like the one at Mousa) and wheelhouses; Picts added dwellings too; then Vikings contributed long houses. Finally a medieval farm incorporated and expanded all this.

You can see why they’d all want to live here: for one the spot, near the spectacular cliffs of Sumburgh Head, is lovely.

At A Glance

Sumburgh Head
Shetland ZE3 9JN
Adult £5.50, Child £3.30, Concession £4.40

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