Sign Up
Newsletter Signup
Free Fodor's Newsletter

Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.

Passport: Your weekly travel wrap-up
Today's Departure: Your daily dose of travel inspiration

Orkney and Shetland Islands Sights


  • off A970 Map It
  • Virkie
  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

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.

Sight Information


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

Map It



Sight Details:

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

Updated 10/09/2013


Map View

Map of

What's Nearby

  • Sights
  • Hotels

See all sights in Orkney and Shetland Islands

Add Your Own Review

When did you go?

Minimum 200 character count

How many stars would you give?




Don't Miss



No Thanks

Love To Travel?

Get FREE e-mail communications from Fodor's Travel, covering must-see travel destinations, expert trip planning advice, and travel inspiration to fuel your passion.

How we use your email

Thank You

Now sit back, relax, and check your inbox to start planning your next travel adventure.

Please tell us more about the type of travel you're interested in. Check all that apply.