Visiting during Covid-19 - what you need to know

Published: 01 January, 1970

Under the Government guidelines, released today – 28th May 2020 - the Government suggest that only people who live within 5 miles of Sumburgh Head should be visiting the site at present.

‘Phase 1’ of the Covid-19 Route map to the gradual easing of lockdown starts on Friday 29th May. This allows people to undertake more outdoor activity and to travel short distances for outdoor leisure and exercise.  The guidance suggests that this should be travel, ‘within a short distance of your local community (broadly within 5 miles) and travel by walk, wheel or cycle where possible.’ 

It is wonderful for many of us to be able to get out and about more and we know people are excited to get back to Sumburgh Head and to see the puffins.  

We do urge you to be responsible, to maintain social distancing, to only visit if you live nearby, and to avoid the site if you arrive and it appears to be busy. 

It is important that you are aware that the toilets and visitor centre itself all remain closed and that there are no staff on site.  As such there are no hand washing facilities available and we ask that you take any litter home with you.  If you do visit for a walk around the outdoor areas of the site then you should avoid touching gates and railings where at all possible and clean your hands afterwards.

We continue to monitor the Government guidance and will fully only when it is safe and appropriate to do so. 

Under the Government guidelines, released today – 28th May 2020 - only people who live within 5 miles of Sumburgh Head should be visiting the site at present.

‘Phase 1’ of the Covid-19 Route map to the gradual easing of lockdown starts on Friday 29th May. This allows people to undertake more outdoor activity and to travel short distances for outdoor leisure and exercise.  The guidance suggests that this should be travel, ‘within a short distance of your local community (broadly within 5 miles) and travel by walk, wheel or cycle where possible.’ 

It is wonderful for many of us to be able to get out and about more and we know people are excited to get back to Sumburgh Head and to see the puffins.  

We do urge you to be responsible, to maintain social distancing, to only visit if you live nearby, and to avoid the site if you arrive and it appears to be busy. 

It is important that you are aware that the toilets and visitor centre itself all remain closed and that there are no staff on site.  As such there are no hand washing facilities available and we ask that you take any litter home with you.  If you do visit for a walk around the outdoor areas of the site then you should avoid touching gates and railings where at all possible and clean your hands afterwards.

We continue to monitor the Government guidance and will fully only when it is safe and appropriate to do so. 

Key things to remember:

  • There are no staff on site
  • There are no toilet or hand washing facilities available
  • You should avoid touching gates, walls and handrails etc.
  • Please take your litter home with you
  • If the site appears to be busy please reconsider your visit
  • Please follow social distancing guidelines

Donate Button Now more than ever we need your support.  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 and to support the site.