Tafts of Bayanne - Investigating History

Shetland has been the site of many different inhabitants, such as Vikings and others, and indications of these turbulent war infested times are visible all over. A wonderful exhibit of these times and the people that lived through them is the Tafts of Bayanne site that is located across from Bayanne House. To get to the Tafts of Bayanne, you will need to board a ferry from Toft to make the crossing. Here you will be able to enter the environmentally sensitive area that is home to the working croft and the workshop that are located within walking distance from Bayanne House.

Even though knowledge of the Tafts of Bayanne was established many years ago, archaeologists only started excavating the settlement in 1995. As excavations continued, it became clear that the ruins were constructed in the Middle Bronze Age and that they were occupied by the inhabitants of the area for many years thereafter. Many artifacts and photographs of the site are on exhibit at this increasingly popular attraction in Scotland. As a national Museums of Scotland initiative, the ruins have been adopted for the Young Archaeologist Club, run by the Cullivoe Primary School.

The workshop that is located at the Tafts of Bayanne site is another attraction in Scotland that generates a lot of attention. Here, visitors are able to research past families that lived here and investigate their family trees. Bayanne House has kept a record of every deceased resident of Shetland and family members can be traced back many years. Visitors can also access the Internet for more information or further research and be able to take home a print out of how they came into this world and where they originate from.

There is also a croft facility where visitors are able to view the most beautiful three-dimensional works of art that have been created by hand from local materials, including Shetland wool. There are many products that are available for purchase and many items can be made to your specific requirements, while you wait. Guided tours are available, as are educational facilities for groups and most of the areas are accessible to wheelchairs. Refreshments are available at the site and study halls that can be used by scholars. The easy access to the site and other facilities at the Tafts of Bayanne, makes this attraction in Scotland a wonderful day adventure for tourists and local visitors.


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