Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement, Sumburgh
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  • Settlements going back thousands of years are brought to life by the best audio guide I have ever used (included in the price of admission). The location and the remains of buildings are both awesome....  more »
  • This site is a stone's throw from the airport and was discovered by accident. A storm stronger than the other has discovered some of the walls of the oldest structures and from there you are then dug out the rest. Teaching is broad and covers several centuries, from 2500 BC to the middle ages, but the most important is the iron age village, quite amazing for condition. Very well done the audio guides, which explain both the buildings that life at the time. A really interesting visit, I didn't think I could exist so well preserved testimonies of a past so remote. Not to be missed.
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  • fantastic site, with plenty of different rooms, corridors and a broch. Amazing location next to the cliffs and coast, the airport. will visit again. Brilliant views from the site. Good signage explain...  more »
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  • A walk back in time through several era's I loved all the ruins but visited for the Viking settlement worth the money and great place to show the kids how people managed 1000's of years ago
  • Its having a long history it was founded in 3000-2500 BC by old Scottish tribes during the Iron Age in the First Century AD the village was populated by Picts also a old Scottish tribe they could do whatever they want because the Shetland Islands where completely isolated from the Roman Empire, in the Early Middle Ages the Shetland Islands and Northern Scotland where conquered by the Vikings and they build here many buildings in the 9th Century, in the 12th Century the area was Scottish again and the Shetland Islands where domain of a family clan until in 1471 the Scottish King James III traded with hem for a castle, the village was populated until the 16th Century.
  • Great location on the seashore. Superb collection of archaeological structures from neolithic to medieval hall. Very evocative, especially the dramatic and well preserved wheel houses. Needs a good hour to explore properly then over to Sumburgh hotel for bite of lunch.
  • If you stay at the hotel next door, it is worth a visit. It closes early but the fence is not high. Please take care of the site.
  • A small archaeological site of interest to those keen on history. It won't take long to look around but with the unpredictable weather in these parts you don't often have long anyway! The hotel alongside the site is a nice place to go for lunch afterwards. I visited whilst on a cruise but came here independently in a hire car. It's easy to get to as the roads aren't busy and there aren't very many of them anyway.