On this tour you’ll depart through Lerwick, the capital of Shetland, as you begin your trip to the island’s most southerly point. En route, you’ll pass through the rural township of Fladdabister and, conditions permitting, pause to admire the view of the magnificent Mousa Broch, the tallest and best-preserved broch in the world. You will continue south down the west coast and pass St. Ninian’s Isle, where the famous Pictish horde of silver dating from the 9th dentury was found in 1958.
You’ll continue south to visit the remarkable archaeological site of Jarlshof. The site was uncovered by a violent storm in the winter of 1896–1897, revealing an extraordinary settlement site encompassing at least 5,000 years of human history. The site contains a remarkable sequence of stone structures – late Neolithic houses, a Bronze-Age village, an Iron-Age broch and wheelhouses, several Norse longhouses, a medieval farmstead, and the 16th-century laird’s (lord’s) house. Visit the remains of this village settlement with your guide to make the most of your time here.
History in Hoswick
Next you'll travel a short distance to the small historic village of Hoswick and visit the Hoswick Visitor Centre, where you'll gain an understanding of the history and culture of Shetland from the very informative interpretive displays. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to purchase an original Shetland garment from the wide variety on display in the knitwear shop!
You will then return to Lerwick as your guide tells you more about these islands and while you look out for Shetland’s famous ponies.
- Walking at Jarlhof: Some uneven ground and steps
- Comfortable shoes and water/wind proof jacket are necessary
- Language: English
- Max. participants: 147