Category: bronze age

Jarlshof, Shetland

This site is quite special due to the
fact that it has been occupied for over 4000 years and still retains
remnants and features from each period, starting with the Early Bronze
Age, 2500 BC. There is an Iron Age broch, part of which has been washed
away by the sea. There are wheelhouses, which are unique to the Northern
and Western Isles of Scotland. Inside, wooden beams have been replaced
with stone due to the lack of timber on Shetland, which gives them their
unique character. There are Viking farm houses from the 9th Century
well into the Middle Ages, when settlers from Norway would come in large
numbers to Shetland. And then there’s the ‘Laird’s House’, dating from
the 17th Century, built by the Earl of Shetland and Orkney, after
Shetland had fallen into Scottish hands. Interestingly, just as with
Skara Brae on Orkney, the site was discovered by the land owner after a
heavy storm, who then excavated it. Today, it is maintained by Historic
Environment Scotland. The name Jarlshof itself comes from the novel ‘The Pirate’ (1822) by Sir Walter Scott, who wrote it after visiting the ruins, which were then known as ‘Sumburgh House’. A must see if you’re visiting Shetland!

A tour of Jarlshof is up on my channel!

Forteviot | Perthshire | Scotland

This tiny and picturesque village has great historical importance for Scotland. Even though today’s buildings, save the parish church,

are from the 1920s, underneath the village are the remains of the 9th Century Pictish royal palace of Kenneth MacAlpin, who died here in 860AD, as well as a royal tomb from the early Bronze Age (around 2000BC). The parish church was built in 1778 and houses some historical Pictish items. We visited it during Doors Open Day and were able to see some original Pictish stones on display. To celebrate this historical connection and Forteviot’s status as an early Christian site, a new Pictish cross was commissioned with stone-carver David McGovern and unveiled in the centre of the village in 2018.