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Jarlshof Review

In 1897, a huge storm blew away 4,000 years of sand to expose the extensive remains of Bronze Age, Iron Age, Pictish and Viking buildings, prehistoric wheelhouses, and earth houses that represented thousands of years of continuous settlement. It's a large and complex site, and you can roam the remains freely. The small visitor center is packed with facts and figures, and illustrates Jarlshof's more recent history as a medieval farmstead and home of the 16th-century Earl of Orkney and Shetland, "cruel" Patrick Stewart, who enslaved the men of Scalloway to build Scalloway Castle.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Sumburgh Head, off A970, Virkie, ZE3 9JN
  • Phone: 01950/460112
  • Cost: £5.50
  • Hours: Apr.–Sept., daily 9:30–5:30; Oct.–Mar. 9:30–dusk
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  • Location: The South Mainland
Updated: 10-09-2013

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