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Orkney and Shetland Islands Sights

Jarlshof

Updated 10/09/2013

Fodor's 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.

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Sight Information

Address:

Sumburgh Head, off A970, Virkie, ZE3 9JN, Scotland

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Phone:

01950-460112

Sight Details:

  • £5.50
  • Apr.–Sept., daily 9:30–5:30; Oct.–Mar. 9:30–dusk

Updated 10/09/2013

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