Sumburgh Head A World Class Visitor Attraction in Shetland FIND OUT MORE

Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve is a world class visitor attraction, providing an engaging and interactive experience for the whole family. Visit, and explore the history and natural heritage of Sumburgh Head from early geological beginnings and Iron Age settlers to Lighthouse Keepers, Whales, Puffins and much more.

Covid-19 Update - 28 May 2020

Our facilities are currently closed to the public due to the ongoing global pandemic.  

As of Friday 29th May, if you live within 5 miles of Sumburgh Head, Government Guidelines suggest that you can travel to the area for leisure and recreation purposes provided you maintain social distancing.  If you do choose to visit the site please note the following:

- There are no staff on site

- There are no toilet or hand washing facilities available

- The visitor centre and cafe remain closed

- You should avoid touching gates, walls and handrails etc.

- Please take your litter home with you

- Please follow social distancing guidelines and if the site appears to be busy please reconsider your visit

The outdoor areas of the site are free to visit but please remember that upkeep of the entire site is funded entirely by ticket sales and donations and now more than ever we need your support, find out more below.


Support Us

We are run by a small charity the Shetland Amenity Trust and the care of the site and facilities are entirely funded by ticket sales and donations. The nature reserve is free to visit and we have a wonderful visitor centre, museum and marine life centre which you can buy a season ticket to visit.

Now more than ever we need you support. If you enjoy our site and our activites then please support us by reccomending us to your friends - and if you can - by making a donation.

Other ways to support us include...



RSPB at SumburghNorthern Lighthouse BoardShetland's Heritage and Culture


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