A single-track road leads down to Shetland’s prinicipal airport at Sumburgh, which sits alongside Jarlshof, one of Shetland’s must visit sites. These remarkable archaeological excavations came to light in the late 19th century when violent storms exposed evidence of these ancient buildings, some of which are believed to be 4,000 years old. Successive layers of the Jarlshof site were buried by wind-blown sand, preserving the buildings you can now walk through as a time-line from the Neolithic to the 17th century. Artefacts from Jarlshof and the nearby archeological dig at Old Scatness are on display in the Shetland Museum at Lerwick.
There is a three mile section on the A970 before the route takes a loop diversion to the right towards Boddam and passes the Croft House Museum; a restored cottage which depicts a typical mid 19th century Shetland croft house. Rejoin the A970 uphill by the school and take the minor road to the west just a little south of the junction. The route continues along minor roads affording views across the Loch of Spiggie to the imposing high ground of Fitful Head. A bit less than 1 mile (1.5km) take a sharp right onto the road along the south shore of the loch. If at first you wished to explore the area south of the loch towards the Bay of Quendale there is a restored water mill (Quendale Mill) with visitor centre and toilets at the end of the road.