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4. Jarlshof

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Jarlshof is one of Shetland's best preserved and most complex archaeological sites. Situated at the south tip of Shetland, near Sumburgh Airport, the site became exposed in the late 19th century after a series of severe storms washed away the protective cover of sand.

The Old House of Sumburgh was all that could be seen on the site before the storms. The house, built in the 17th century, was named 'Jarlshof' by Sir Walter Scott in his novel 'The Pirate', and the name has stuck with the entire site ever since.

Jarlshof provides an insight into the way of life of the inhabitants at particularly interesting periods – the late Bronze Age, Iron Age, Pictish era, Norse era and the Middle Ages.

It includes oval-shaped Bronze Age houses, Iron Age broch and wheelhouses, Viking long houses, medieval farmstead and 16th century laird’s house.

Jarlshof Address:
Sumburgh Head, 22 miles S of Lerwick
Shetland, ZE3 9JN
Scotland, UK
Grid reference - HU 399 095

Jarlshof Opening Times:
April - September, daily, 9.30am - 6.30pm

Jarlshof Admission:
Adult £5.00 
Child £2.75 
Concessions £3.75  

T  +44 (0)1950 460112

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