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.
Overview: Explore the ruins of a settlement going back to the Stone Age, and see the island’s namesake
ponies. You’ll visit Jarlshof, a remarkable -5,000 year sequence of layered settlements that includes a stone age house, Bronze age smith
iron age dwellings
a Norse longhouse and a 16th-century “laird’s house.” You can also shop for genuine and wool garments. The tour will make a photo stop when Shetland ponies are sighted.
Highlights Jarlshof Ruins: Take a walk through history from the Stone, Bronze and Iron ages to Viking and Medieval times. Relaxing, Scenic Drive: Enjoy views of grazing sheep and Shetland ponies; your motorcoach will make photo stops where possible. Hoswick: wool garments.
What to Bring: SeaPass card and photo identification Camera Cash/credit cards
What to Wear: Wind/water-resistant jacket Hiking/walking shoes
Important Notes: Guests must be able to walk approximately half a mile over uneven pathways and inclines, with some steps. The drive to and from Jarlshof takes about an hour each way, depending on traffic.