Sumburgh Head open for Up Helly Aa 2024

Published: 01 January, 1970

Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve will be open for three days in January as Shetland celebrates Up Helly Aa. Visitors will be able to soak up the dramatic wintry views at Sumburgh Head and enjoy exploring the site out of season. 

UHA 2024 Opening Times:

Wednesday 31 January - 10am to 4pm (Old Scatness is also open for tours on 31st).
Thursday 1 February - 10am to 4pm
Friday 2 February - 10am to 4pm


Shetland Amenity Trust’s heritage sites open for this year’s Up Helly Aa

Old Scatness Broch and Iron Age Village will also be opening its doors on Wednesday 31 January offering people a rare chance to visit out of season - as usually the site is tucked up for the winter months. There will be three archaeologist-led guided tours throughout the day uncovering the myth and legend of this heritage site. Find out more and book your Old Scatness Tour.

The Shetland Museum & Archives are extending their openings for Up Helly Aa, hosting a visit from the Jarl Squad, running 'Origins of Up Helly Aa' tours and more - visit the museum website for full details and to book tickets. 

Alison Moncrieff, Chair of Shetland Amenity Trust said: “We are delighted that Shetland Amenity Trust’s sites will be open again for the days around Up Helly Aa. It’s a special time of year in Shetland’s winter calendar and is a great opportunity for folk to visit our sites out of season. Our expert teams look forward to welcoming you and will be on hand to deliver tours, answer questions and share information on Shetland’s incredible heritage.”