Visitor Services

VSA staff can be identified by their blue jackets VSA staff can be identified by their blue jackets Visitor Services Assistants are available on site during opening hours to help with any enquiries and assist with access to the different areas of Sumburgh Head.

A Visitor Services Assistant will greet visitors at the Muckle Roe Light Information Point in the lower car park during peak season, with staff also stationed in the Ticket Office and Gift Shop.


Purchasing a ticket gives a visitor access to all of the indoor elements of the visitor experience. The ticket remains valid for a full season, (April to September) so visitors are encouraged to make repeat visits to experience Sumburgh Head in all weather conditions!  Tickets are sold in the Ticket Office and Gift Shop, located next to the Engine Room.

2019 ticket prices are: Tickets can be purchased in the Gift Shop Tickets can be purchased in the Gift Shop

Adult: £6.00
Concession: £4.00
Child: £2.00
Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 children): £12.50
Group discounts can be provided on advanced request.

Tickets are non-transferrable.


New ‘Heritage Season Ticket’ are also available and can be used at Shetland Amenity Trust sites across the South Mainland, including Sumburgh Head Lighthouse & Visitor Centre, Old Scatness Broch and Iron Age Village, and the Crofthouse Museum. The tickets provide up to one third off the usual price and are available to purchase at all three sites as well as at the Shetland Museum and Archives.  A family ticket is £25, an adult is £12, and a child ticket is £5.

Tickets are non-transferrable.


Your Sumburgh Head ticket provides access to the indoor visitor attraction areas of the Engine Room, Smiddy, Marine Life Centre and East Radar Hut.  All outdoor areas are freely accessible at all times of year.  Visitors are reminded not to drive up to the top of the Head unless they require use of the disabled parking spaces or are dropping off visitors who are unable to make the walk up.

Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve restorations were carried out in full compliance with the Equality Act 2010 and all effort has been made to ensure that access is provided wherever possible to visitors with a disabilty. The Ticket Office and Gift Shop, Engine Room, Smiddy and Stevenson Centre are level access areas.  The Marine Life Centre has a lift to take visitors between the two levels. Access is also possible to the upper part of the outdoor space via the track road behind the buildings.  Paths have been provided between the Foghorn Tower and the Radar Hut, however due to the topography of the landscape, these are stepped in places so may not be suitable for wheelchair use. 

Access to the Foghorn Tower has been improved with the addition of a spiral staircase with handrail. The Tower and the East Radar Hut are only accessible by steps.


Parking in the lower car park Parking in the lower car park Free public car and bus parking is available in the car park.  Spaces for disabled drivers are also provided here, with an additional two disabled spaces available next to the Lighthouse Buildings at the top of the hill.  These upper spaces are restricted to visitors who are not able to make the walk up the hill and other visitors are asked to have consideration for these drivers.  There is additional parking at the west end of the Lighthouse buildings, specifically for guests staying in the self-catering accommodation.

customer Toilets

Customer toilets are provided in the Stevenson Centre building.  These are open during standard opening times - 11.00am - 5.30pm daily, April to September, with extended opening hours from time to time.


Katja's Cakes has been on site this season providing fantastic coffee and cake from her specially adapted 'Unken Wagen' coffee bar van.  As of Friday 20th September she will be operating out of the newly refurbished cafe.  We look forward to welcoming you soon!  See our cafe page for details.