Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement
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Jarlshof Prehistoric and Norse Settlement

Sumburgh Head, Shetland, ZE3 9JN, United Kingdom | 01950 460 112 | Website

Venue Description

Visitors can explore the grounds of Jarlshof, but our visitor centre and facilities are currently closed. Wander around a site where people lived for more than 4,000 years. There are remains of Bronze Age oval houses, an Iron Age broch and wheelhouses, Viking longhouses, a medieval farmstead and a laird’s house built around 1600. This enduring site is without parallel in Scotland and features in Sir Walter Scott’s novel The Pirate. After touring the site, look out to sea and perhaps spot puffins nesting nearby.


Approach to site Approach to site is down a steep (1:10) 8m long ramp and 150m along a wide grass drive to a level gravel path. The paths in front of the visitor centre are cobbled. Visitor centre Visitor centre has step-free access and a number of interactive displays. There are two steps without handrails down onto the site. Monument The paths around the site are gravel, and bound stone. There are changes of level and protruding archaeology. Some of the iron-age buildings have narrow (500mm) and low entrances. The wheel house is down very uneven stone steps with no handrails. The top of the laird’s house is up a modern spiral metal staircase with a single handrail.

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Access Statement Link: http://wwwhistoricenvironment.scot/access


The nearest available adapted toilets are about 1 mile away at Sumburgh Airport, ZE3 9UK.


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