Orkney and Shetland Islands Sights

Jarlshof

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

Published 05/04/2017

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

Address:

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

Map It

Phone:

01950-460112

Sight Details:

  • £5.50

Published 05/04/2017

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