Jarlshof Ruins & Scenic Mainland Drive - WK08
Explore the ruins of a settlement going back to the Stone Age, discover the traditions of Shetland weaving and see the island's namesake shaggy-coated ponies. You'll visit Jarlshof, a remarkable 4,000-year sequence of layered settlements that includes a Norse longhouse and a 16th-century "laird's house." Watch Shetlanders demonstrating traditional knitting in historic Hoswick and shop for genuine cashmere and wool garments. The tour will make photo stops when Shetland ponies are sighted.
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Explore the fascinating human history and culture of Mainland Shetland on a four-hour trip that takes you to the prehistoric Jarlshof Ruins and the Hoswick Visitor Centre, where you’ll peruse an impressive collection of artifacts. Hop in a comfortable motor coach and head to the southernmost tip of Mainland, along the way admiring scenes of rocky coastline and rolling pasture where Shetland ponies roam. Uncover timeworn ruins in Jarlshof, a prehistoric archaeological site dating back from 2500 BC through the 17th century AD. While strolling amidst its thick defensive wall, you’ll see a medieval farmhouse, Pictish period art, a Viking longhouse, a fortified manor house and small houses where Bronze Age settlers once lived — be sure to walk through the underground passageways, known as souterrains. Then it’s on to the Hoswick Visitor Centre, where you’ll delve further into the history and culture of Shetland. Housed in a former tweed weaving mill, this space holds an assortment of weaving machinery as well as wireless radios used in maritime and military operations from the 1900s. You’ll even follow along to an interpretation of the famous Hoswick whale legal case that occurred in 1888. This is one adventure packed with plenty to learn about the Shetland Isles.
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• Shetland: Delight in a motor coach drive to Mainland’s southern tip, passing pastoral scenery and Shetland ponies along the way.
• Jarlshof: Discover the Bronze Age houses, Viking longhouse, medieval farmhouse, Pictish artworks and underground passages of this prehistoric excavation site.
• Hoswick Visitor Centre: Browse a collection of wireless radios and weaving machinery while learning about the island’s infamous whaling industry.
What to Bring:
• SeaPass card and photo identification
• Local currency
• Sun protection
• Umbrella (from ship)
What to Wear:
• Shoes with non-slip soles
• Hat and sunglasses
• Warm clothes
• Layered clothing
• Wet weather gear
• Guests must be able to walk approximately 400 yards over uneven surfaces, with inclines and about 15 steps and extended periods of standing.
• Guests in wheelchairs and others with limited mobility should not select this tour.
• Pregnant women and guests with back/neck problems should not select this tour.
• Consider physical fitness and medical history when selecting tour.
• Guests prone to motion sickness should take precautions.
• Participation limited but minimum required for tour to operate.
• Guests can purchase their own food and drink at their own expense.
• Tour operates in all weather conditions. Appropriate weather gear recommended.
• The roundtrip coach ride is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes.
• Tour sequence may vary.