Accessibility Guide: At a Glance

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At a Glance

Level Acess

The road from the Customer Parking to the Lighthouse complex is steep and measures 0.3 miles / 0.5km long. A drop-off point is located at the top and there are two disabled parking bays, less than 30 metres / 100 feet from the main entrance to the Visitor Centre. Once at Sumburgh Head there is level access to:

  • The Ticketing area and Gift Shop
  • The Foghorn Engine Room
  • The Smiddy
  • The Marine Life Centre ground floor, with customer lift to first floor displays
  • Unisex Accessible Toilets
  • An outdoor decked area with views to summer seabird colonies


  • External walls and doors have high colour contrast
  • Internal glass doors in the Marine Life Centre have contrast markings
  • The Marine Life Centre ground floor has low lighting, contrasting with bright display screens
  • We have display information in large print, including external interpretive panels and gift shop prices


  • All staff have disability awareness training
  • We have a complimentary ticket policy for personal assistants
  • We welcome assistance dogs and can provide water bowls on request