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Sumburgh Head Lighthouse

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Closed Now: 11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Open today: 11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Where are the puffins?

We hired a driver for the day and arrived early, before the museum opened. The benefit is that our... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Cycling round the Shetland Isles

Absolutely loved the Shetlands, the people the scenery the bird life some of the best in the world... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Stevenston, United Kingdom
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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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Hours Today: 11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Sumburgh ZE2 9JN, Scotland
+44 1595 694688
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We hired a driver for the day and arrived early, before the museum opened. The benefit is that our tour driver was able to park closer to the lighthouse which saved us the long uphill walk so we simply walked around the complex to admire...More

Thank Dushi-NY
Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely loved the Shetlands, the people the scenery the bird life some of the best in the world, courteous drivers and roads without pot holes make it a haven for cyclists

Thank KennyMonaghan
Reviewed 1 week ago

While our visit to the Lighthouse was great, there does not seem to be a separate site to post reviews for the Tea Rooms which let down our visit so badly, we feel we must post our disappointment here. We arrived mid-afternoon on a bank...More

Thank Gill808
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent viewpoint. Scope to see penguin nesting colony at the right time of the year something not to be missed. I would definitely visit again.

Thank Patricia K
Reviewed 1 week ago

The trip up to Sumburgh Lighthouse is breathtakingly beautiful and a very easy drive. Once you reach the lighthouse, the views from every side are gorgeous! We rented a car in Lerwick to get there and it is definitely worth the trip!

Thank Paula54
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our visit to Sumburgh Head Lighthouse was well worth the walk up hill. The views are spectacular and visitors should definitely pop in for a coffee in the lighthouse café.

Thank Susanne V.B. W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited Sumburgh Head Lighthouse in September 2018. This attraction has been thoughtfully devised. The setting is an attraction in its own right, but the museum aspect of it has been carefully thought through. A real bonus was that the gentleman who took our ticket money...More

Thank Rhodri T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You can sit in the small cafe, with out the rip off prices. You can look at the coast line as well as the sea while drinking yuor tea or coffee. Watch the whales as they pass by. You can see Jarlshof in the not...More

Thank blueboytwo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Taxi was able to deliver us and park at the lighthouse for a look see on the puffins. We saw a few. Beautiful view.

Thank taxlady63
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is a long and steep walk to this location but you can drop off your passengers at the top allowing only the driver to suffer a cardiac! From the cafe on sight you have stunning views out to sea

Thank Ian H
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22 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
9 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