Head south to experience more of Shetland’s remarkable historic attractions. Pay a visit to the Shetland Crofthouse Museum, a restored 19th century Shetland croft which offers a rare insight into a traditional way of life which has long since vanished. Step even further back in time on a visit to Jarlshof, an ancient settlement that spans thousands of years. Here you’ll find the remains of an Iron Age broch, Pictish wheelhouses, Norse dwellings, and a medieval farmstead, all located within close proximity to one another.
Another amazingly well-preserved archaeological site is Old Scatness Broch, the remnants of an ancient village which lay buried for almost 2,000 years before being unearthed by archaeologists. Find out about the Neolithic, Pictish and Viking people who lived here at the site’s excellent interpretive centre, and on guided tours which are available through the summer months.
Visit the cliffs of Sumburgh Head to take in spectacular coastal views and witness the incredible sight of thousands of nesting seabirds including gannets, guillemots, kittiwakes, razorbills, fulmars and puffins.
You can then take a boat out to see one of Europe’s finest archaeological marvels. Standing at a height of more than 13 m, Mousa Broch is the most impressive and best preserved Iron Age tower in Scotland. After a short boat crossing from Sandwick, you can climb the narrow steps to the top of the broch and take in breathtaking views across Mousa Sound. Visit in the evening for the chance to witness another of Shetland's natural spectacles, as swarms of storm petrels return under cover of darkness to their nests inside the broch.
Bring the day to a close with a walk along the largest active sand tombolo in the UK to St Ninians Isle, where a horde of silver Viking treasure was discovered hidden beneath the island’s chapel in 1958.