Tuesday Travels. . .Jarlshof, Shetland


This particular place blew me away.  Yes it was windy but the actual history that we were viewing was absolutely amazing.  I feel privileged that we were able to see it.

Jarlshof is a historical site of Prehistoric and Norse Settlement on Shetland. In 1890 fierce storms exposed structures which had been hidden under layers of earth.  The settlement is close to the sea and the winds during the fierce storms meant the waves washed over the shore and exposed the layers of settlement.

The photo above lets you see how close to the sea the settlement was.

The visitor’s route through the site starts with the earliest buildings and ends with the laird’s 17th Century house.

The amazing stone work that constitutes a wheel house was true craftsmanship.

The careful placement of stones to create the structures such as the broch.

The remains of the Norse settlement were not as well preserved but you could still see where the settlement had been.

The laird’s house was the structure that was most evident as it was on the present day surface.

This is an archaeological site that you must visit when you visit Shetland.

(You can click on photos to make them larger. Click a second time and they are enlarged further.)

4 Comments Add yours

  1. lesleyconnor says:

    How amazing that any of these structures remained, being so close to the sea. Looks like an amazing archaelogical treasure

    1. suth2 says:

      It is a definite place to visit if you are ever in Shetland.

  2. nanacathy2 says:

    Fabulous place and super pictures.

    1. suth2 says:

      We loved our time in Shetland.

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