Record-breaking summer for Jarlshof site

A record number of visitors came to the Jarlshof site this summer.

The Prehistoric and Norse settlement near Sumburgh attracted a total of 16,442 people between April and September.

The number of visitors in that period alone was more than in the entirety of last year.

The site, which shows evidence of more than 4,000 years of human history, is one of the most important archaeological locations in the British Isles.

Historic Environment Scotland released the visitor figures today (Friday) as it promotes the first-ever Heritage Awareness Day, with people encouraged to celebrate the country’s diverse archaeological sites.


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  • Robina Barton

    • October 9th, 2017 11:38

    Given the success of the site in terms of visitor numbers it would be good if HES could look at investing in toilet and parking facilities, rather than relying on Sumburgh Hotel, which can be overwhelmed when there are coach parties.


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