The Shetland Islands are closer to Norway than mainland Scotland, but they’re worth visiting to see this ancient settlement that holds 4,000 years of human history. First home to Neolithic people around 2700 B.C.E., the site remained in use until the 1600s and includes oval-shaped Bronze Age houses, an Iron Age broch and wheelhouses, Norse longhouses, a medieval farmstead, and even a laird’s house dating from the 1500s. After exploring the site, which enjoys a dramatic location on a headland overlooking the West Voe of Sumburgh, head to the visitor center to view a rich collection of artifacts spanning several eras.

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Jarlshof Prehistoric Settlement

This remarkable prehistoric archaeological site was uncovered by chance after a severe storm in 1896. Today it’s one of the most famous archaeological sites in all the British Isles. Remains include thick walls of Bronze Age settlements, a defensive wall from the Iron Age and a Viking longhouse. Experience the unique unspoiled scenery of Shetland on the hour-long drive from Lerwick. Along the way you’ll pass Shetland ponies, black sheep and small crofting (farming) communities, all providing an insight into island life.

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