Muckle Roe Light
Visitor Services Assistants provide a welcome at the Muckle Roe Light The Muckle Roe Light Information Point is a welcoming beacon in the lower car park - welcoming visitors to Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve. Vistor Service Assistants are on hand at this location during the summer opening hours to provide information and assistance.
Originally placed at Muckle Roe, a small island to the north west of the Shetland mainland, this structure is what is known as a 'Minor Light'. These were placed in locations where a light was required, but did not need to be manned, and the light was only required to carry a shorter distance. Minor Lights The Muckle Roe light in position on Muckle Roe. Image from Shetland Museum Photo Archive. would not be constructed to the same specifications as a 'Major Light', such as Sumburgh Head. Indeed, the Muckle Roe Light was made from pre-fabricated panels and was put into storage in 2001 when it was removed and replaced with a more modern replacement which did not require the same level of maintenance.
The size difference of the lights is noteworthy the lens in the Muckle Roe light is a mere 1.567 metres high, compared to the impressive 2.590 metre height of the Sumburgh Head light!