Sumburgh Head Lighthouse and Visitor Centre

Revitalising Local Heritage

Sumburgh Head Lighthouse buildings will be authentically restored during a £5.4 million programme, culminating in the creation of a world class visitor attraction and preserved iconic landmark.


Who's Involved?

The Sumburgh Head project is led by Shetland Amenity Trust in partnership with RSPB Scotland and a range of generous funders.


Project Schedule

Work started on the site in May 2012, with an expected completion date in Spring 2014. Follow progress and view plans for the project.



Sumburgh Head lighthouse is an iconic landmark on the southernmost tip of mainland Shetland, in Scotland.

  • HRH The Princess Royal to open Sumburgh Head
    HRH The Princess Royal to open Sumburgh Head

    April 9, 2014

    HRH The Princess Royal will visit Sumburgh Head on Tuesday 3rd June to officially open the newly restored Lighthouse Buildings and Visitor Centre.

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  • Accommodation Bookings Open
    Accommodation Bookings Open

    January 31, 2014

    As the construction phase of the restoration project at Sumburgh Head nears completion, Shetland Amenity Trust has now opened bookings for the newly renovated self-catering accommodation in the Light Keeper's cottage

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  • The Restored Muckle Roe Light
    The Restored Muckle Roe Light

    January 27, 2014

    A recent short You Tube video narrated by Dr Ian Tait explores the fascinating history surrounding the minor light. The video includes the difference between a minor light and a major light, where The Muckle Roe Light's previously installed location was and the different ways it has aided mariners since its installation in 1897.

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Life & Times

Life & Times

Sumburgh was the first lighthouse to be built in Shetland and has provided protection and a way of life for many generations.

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Flora & Fauna

Flora & Fauna

Sumburgh Head is an RSPB Scotland nature reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The area is a haven for wildlife.

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Geology & Archaeology

Geology & Archaeology

Stunning cliffs of Old Red Sandstone and archaeology dating back to the Iron Age give Sumburgh Head a special ambience.

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