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Visitors can use the level gravel car park of the Sumburgh Hotel.

Approach to site

The site is down a steep, 8m-long ramp and 150m along a wide grass drive, which ends in a level gravel path. The paths in front of the visitor centre are cobbled.

Visitor centre

The visitor centre has:

  • step-free access
  • interactive displays
  • 2 steps (no handrail) down onto the site


The paths around the site are gravel, and bound stone. There are level changes and protruding archaeological remains. Some of the Iron Age buildings have narrow (50cm) and low entrances.

Access to the wheelhouse is down very uneven stone steps (no handrail).

The top of the laird’s house is reached via a modern, metal spiral staircase (with handrail).


Toilet facilities at the Sumburgh Hotel are not available due to COVID restrictions.

Nearest adapted toilet is at:

Sumburgh Airport


Assistance dogs are permitted at all our sites and within roofed areas.  

Visitors' dogs are allowed at Jarlshof, but are not permitted in roofed areas. 

Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and not left unattended at any time. Owners must pick up after their dogs.

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Opening times

Visitors can explore the grounds of Jarlshof, but our visitor centre and facilities are currently closed.


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