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The South Mainland Ruins

This ongoing excavation of an Iron Age village is a worthwhile stop. Enthusiastic and entertaining guides, most in costume, tell stories that breathe life into the stones and the middens, showing how its former residents made their clothes and cooked their food, including their staple dish: the ghastly seaweed porridge.

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Off A970
Virkie, Shetland Islands  ZE29JW, Scotland


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: £6, Closed Sat.–Mon. and Sept.–mid-May

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