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Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement

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The most emblematic sight of Shetland

The settlment has been inhabited for thousands of years, during Iron age, Bronze Age, Vikings... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ripoll, Spain
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This is a great archeological site to visit. 5,000 years of inhabitants, numerous settlements built... read more

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The Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse settlements in Shetland are one of the most important and inspirational archaeological sites in Scotland. Jarlsholf is located at Sumburgh Head near the southern tip of Mainland Shetland. This extraordinary site...more
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The settlment has been inhabited for thousands of years, during Iron age, Bronze Age, Vikings, their descendants and even the Lord of Shetland, Patrick Stewart had a house built there. The wheelhouses are very interesting to see, and the Viking farm outlay is still very...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great archeological site to visit. 5,000 years of inhabitants, numerous settlements built on top of each other. Truly amazing... Highly recommend.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 26 November 2018 via mobile

There is a feeling of profound memories that surrounds this remarkable Bronze Age archaeological site that continues remains dating from 2500BC up to the 17th century AD. This place experienced many generations of settlers - Pictish & Vikings. Buildings include a Bronze Age smithy, Iron...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Clanmother
Reviewed 2 November 2018

We were off season so had the settlement to ourselves. While audio tours were not available, there is good signage throughout the setting. Amazing that so much was unearthed and hard to appreciate the span of time represented. Well worth a visit. A hotel is...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 1 November 2018

My second visit to Jarlshof. First time in 2011 and it hasn't lost any of its considerable charm. Fascinating area right beside the sea, with remnants of habitation from the stone age, through Norse and up to the 17th century. Only recently rediscovered under sand...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 21 October 2018 via mobile

I had no expectations of Jarlshof before going, having not heard much about it beforehand, but it really blew my mind! It really is a must-do when visiting Shetland. The site covers centuries of human habitation, and there is a good little visitor centre attached.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 20 October 2018 via mobile

This historic site was occupied from the Stone Age to Bronze Age, Viking Era and Medieval Times. The many layers of stone foundations and walls depict how occupants lived through the ages. We were fortunate to have Gordon from TourShetland as our guide. He explained...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 19 October 2018

We had been trying to get to Jarlshof for a couple of weeks but the weather had been terrible. Raining and stormy, but on the day before we were due to leave the sun came out and we were really lucky. The setting is beautiful,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 19 October 2018

So interesting and well done--just need an hour to learn a whole lot about human history ancient to present. Do get the audio guide so you can wander around at your own pace and to your own interest--otherwise you won't know what you are looking...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Kay V
Reviewed 2 October 2018

This settlement was occupied from Neolithic to Stewart times and there are building or remains from each period. The entrance is close to the Sumburgh Hotel. The entrance is close to the beach and there is a small shop with souvenirs and publications for sale....More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Maria N
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Response from ALass48 | Reviewed this property |
yes it is open all year round if small office not open go to the reception at hotel.
Callum S
13 December 2016|
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Response from ByHistoricScotland | Property representative |
Good Afternoon, Jarlshof has restricted hours over the winter. Please call Skara Brae (01856 841815) for further details. Kind Regards
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Response from Jeff1903 | Reviewed this property |
When we visited the site, the custodian told us that he was expecting about 10 coaches the next day as there were a couple of cruise ships in Lerwick. I expect that if it's a half decent ship, it will organise a trip to the... More