This excursion starts with a short tour of Lerwick - capital of the Shetland Islands and the most northerly town in the British Isles. Founded on the fishing industry and with strong Viking history, there is still evidence of the origins of the original town in the centre, where stone buildings and narrow lanes shelter the locals from the intense gales of a Shetland winter.
Travelling south along the scenic coastal road, we pass through several small settlements, then pause for a fine view of the Island of Mousa, home of the best-preserved broch (ancient dwelling) in existence. Next is Hoswick, and a stop at the Hoswick Visitor Centre, a small souvenir shop and local museum about Shetland life, including information about the world-renowned Shetland Weaving. Here you can visit Laurence Odie Knitwear or take a stroll along the shore.
From Hoswick, we take a short drive to the remarkable archaeological site of the Jarlshof Settlement at Sumburgh, on the southern tip of the mainland. Jarlshof presents one of the most fascinating examples of early human habitation, not only in Shetland, but in the whole of Scotland. Jarlshof reveals insights into many different peoples and periods through its monuments and ancient dwellings – ranging from the Bronze and Iron Ages, to Picts and Vikings, to medieval Scottish lairds.
- Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
- Language: English
- Wheelchair accessible: No
Maximum participants: 45