What to expect when you visit

PLEASE NOTE: We are now closed for the season and would like to thank all our customers for their support. We genuinely enjoy meeting you all and welcoming you to Sumburgh Head. You can still visit all the outside areas as the Nature Reserve is open all year round. All indoor areas, including the Visitor Centre, Cafe and Customer Toilets will re-open in 2021. 

Since March we've been working hard to make sure that your visit will still be safe and enjoyable. Your safety and comfort are our top priority and we want to make sure that all our visitors can enjoy a safe visit, while still experiencing everything that we have to offer.

We have new procedures for social distancing, hygiene, and visitor interaction. Read on to learn about how your visit will be affected. Please note that these safety procedures may change according to government guidance and as the situation progresses.


We have restricted the number of visitors and introduced a new one-way system for your safety. Find out more here



All staff and visitors should wear face coverings in the buildings.

Visitors are required to wear a face covering when entering indoor spaces at Sumburgh Head.
The arrival area is also a shop and therefore it is a legal requirement (under Scottish law) to wear a face covering in this area. Staff will also be wearing face coverings or behind a Perspex barrier. Some people are exempt from wearing face coverings, find out more below in the accessibility section.



We have increased hygiene levels on site – Find out more here.



We've been awarded the COVID-19 Industry Standard certification by Visit Scotland.

The award recognises that we have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines and ensured processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing, giving you extra peace of mind that we are 'Good to Go' when we re-open.


⦁ You can view our Certificate here.
⦁ You can read our Risk Assessment here


We have had to block off interactive elements in the Visitor Centre for hygiene reasons as they require you to touch screens or objects. Where possible we have replaced these with QR codes. Simply logon to our free wi-fi (SIC Guest - no password required). Open the camera on your smart phone and hold it up to the QR code. A notification will then appear asking you if you want to open a weblink. Tap on this and it will take you straight to our website where we will have further information taken from the interactive.


We receive no public funding and rely entirely on the generous support of our visitors to keep the site staffed and maintained, the buildings and collections cared for and to welcome visitors through our doors. Please support us by donating now and recommending our site to your friends.