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Sumburgh Head Lighthouse

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Closed Now: 11:00 - 17:30
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Wild, windy, worth the drive from Lerwick!

Being late October, we had the place to ourselves. The building was closed. Good signage helped... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Margaret M
Boston, MA, USA
Worth the drive just for the views

While it's a little bit of a drive from Lerwick, the end results are far worth the effort...not to... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Fairfax, Virginia
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Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve opened in June 2014 following restoration of the Grade A listed Lighthouse buildings at the southermost tip of mainland Shetland. The area is an RSPB nature reserve, with the indoor spaces...more
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Sumburgh ZE2 9JN, Scotland
+44 1595 694688
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Being late October, we had the place to ourselves. The building was closed. Good signage helped to provide some history and information. A dramatic sight!

Thank Margaret M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While it's a little bit of a drive from Lerwick, the end results are far worth the effort...not to mention, the drive itself is beautiful. Great spot to take in the expansive views of the North Sea and the Atlantic. Great spot for birding too,...More

Thank jonobrands
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Coffee was great, but the view from the Stevenson cafe is stupendous! It's a bit of a hike up from the car park,but well worth it. Very good service from a small but knowledgeable team - Gary and his colleague knew A LOT about the...More

Thank lushlynn
Reviewed 3 October 2018

Sumburgh Head is at the end of the Southern tip of Shetland. However, it will only take you 30 minutes or so to get there by car from Lerwick- and it is well worth the journey. The site is owned by the RSPB. In the...More

Thank JillG411
Reviewed 2 October 2018

This is somewhere best seen from May to August, when the birds are nesting. There will be so much to see and photograph. The nesting bids have made this a RSPB Bird reserve and is worth travelling up to Shetland for this alone! The Lighthouse...More

Thank rphood2004
Reviewed 1 October 2018 via mobile

On a blustery day, we took a drive all the way to the lighthouse. Parking is free, and it is a hike up to the lighthouse. Fairly strep path; not recommended for people who have limited mobility. However, the walk is worth it. Absolutely magnificent...More

Thank Priffle
Reviewed 30 September 2018

Seriously important radar work was done here in the Second World War, and this was a really interesting piece of history to discover. There is plenty of information about the seabirds and the lighthouse there, too.

Thank Cypressa
Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

September is not the best time to visit the head as most of the birds have gone but we knew this. The lighthouse tour is very interesting many things to look at and learn. The coffee shop serves cake and has an awesome view.

Thank DGY-Eaglescliffe
Reviewed 28 September 2018

We visited the lighthouse primarily to see the puffins that nest in the cliff below the light. The view from lighthouse is spectacular even if the puffins are not around. There is a lighthouse museum there but we decided it was not worth the cost...More

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Reviewed 26 September 2018

Well it wasn,t open when I was there, had a look around and meet other NZ people, Coffee place wasn,t open till later like rest so had a look round and read all, was interesting and what was said. Then left, views where great.

Thank Brendon I
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21 March 2018|
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Response from gwynethBristol | Reviewed this property |
I suppose it is only 1/4 mile uphill. Possibly, if you contact the Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, they may allow you to drive up, off-load your passenger and return to the parking area.
Maria N
8 February 2018|
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Response from johnandsheilathomas | Reviewed this property |
I believe this is open all year but other reviewers seem to say not I will check the website to clarify my own thoughts on this. Just checked as I thought open all year Nov to February is the low season Regards John