Old Scatness

Old Scatness, Sumburgh: Address, Old Scatness Reviews: 4/5

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Ali921
Edinburgh, UK1,057 contributions
Hopefully it will reopen soon
May 2021
Still closed but a very good example of "wheel houses". They have reconstructed some buildings. Makes a good comparison with Jarlhof. Information board gives you information. Definitely go when it reopens.
Written May 29, 2021
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John K
Long Beach, CA518 contributions
Nice archeological site
Oct 2019
This site is right next to the airport. It was discovered when they were digging an access road to the airport. The site was officially closed for the winter when we stopped by, but since the tour leader was affiliated with the Archeological Society of Scotland, they opened the site for us. Even had a peet fire going in the wheelhouse that is a mock up. The site manager provided a good insight into the life of the people who lived their in Neolithic times.
Written October 8, 2019
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Gabriel H
Bellaire, TX6,981 contributions
Another rich archaeological site
Jul 2019
Located on the Southern part of Mainland in the Shetland islands, this site is close to Sumburgh and to Jarlshof. Multiple cultures are layered at the site, going back several thousand years, at least to the Iron age. The site first came to the attention of the public during the development of the airport to serve neighboring Sumburgh. There are guided tours, a Visitors' Center and a parking area. The entrance fee is 6 pounds, with discounts for children, families and groups.
Written September 20, 2019
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Robert W
North Shields, UK39 contributions
Sunny Shetland
Aug 2019 • Couples
My wife and I visited old scatness today and were extremely impressed with the knowledge and experience of the young male guide, sorry for not getting his name, he was genuinely informative and keen on explaining everything that had gone into excavating the site and protecting it from the weather. We will definitely visit again. Thanks. Mr and Mrs White
Written August 7, 2019
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Twoteacherswhotravel
Minneapolis, MN238 contributions
Interesting place, but not set up for visitors
Jul 2019 • Couples
This is an interesting site but the lack of interpretive signage and the aloof and unfriendly staff made this one kind of a dud for us. The ticket counter didn’t want to use credit cards so we had to pay cash. There was no one on the site nor was there much to read about the place. There were a couple of people painting and they didn’t even greet us. Not the welcome we had come to expect from Shetland and Scotland in general. We love history and we were very interested in seeing this but it looked a bit like an abandoned historical reenactment. With lots of sand bags. Still, the complete round house is super cool and the winding paths were very evocative.
Written July 25, 2019
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cejone
70 contributions
Discovered under the runway
Jun 2019 • Solo
This iron age village was only discovered when the runway at Sumburgh airport was extended. It has been well interpreted and partially reconstructed using experimental archaeology to understand more of the way of life of the original inhabitants. I found it easier to understand than the larger and better known Jarlshof complex about a mile further south.
Written July 6, 2019
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Julie P
United Kingdom1,519 contributions
Another important historical find
Jun 2019 • Couples
This is definitely worth a visit, but you need to go when it's open to appreciate it, and if you're unfamiliar with this period of history and style of building, then take a guide. It's not the easiest site to unravel as the remains are jumbled together and not fully reconstructed unlike Jarlshof, Clickhimin and Mousa which have had many more years of development and excavation. There is however a reconstructed section which gives an idea of what the site would have been like and how it was used.

There's a small display in the visitor centre and the staff are excellent and informative. The site needs support. Parking is across the road
Written June 27, 2019
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Mango676
Telford, Shropshire, England187 contributions
Don't bother
Jun 2019 • Couples
There isn't much to this, still a work in progress. Visitor Centre was closed, on a Saturday, could, however, see the one broch that appears to be all there is at present.
Written June 13, 2019
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KimBright2014
Looe, UK87 contributions
Awesome visit and tour guide
May 2019 • Friends
We were initially doubtful about the entrance including a guided tour, but how wrong were we.

The tour guide, who had previously been active on the dig site, was extremely knowledgable and made the site come alive.

Learnt so much about the history of the peoples of the Shetlands from prehistory to 800.

Even weathered the snow storm with us to keep sharing her knowledge.

Good to then shelter in the roundhouse with a peat fire...
Written May 31, 2019
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Albia-Newton
Weston super Mare, UK3,703 contributions
Interesting visit
May 2019 • Couples
A beautiful site which was excavated about 20 years ago

A lot of experiments on archeology have been done here

Nice living history display
Written May 23, 2019
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