Lighthouse tower opening

The lighthouse tower at Sumburgh head will open to visitors this weekend.

Public tours start on Saturday and will run between Friday and Sunday until the end of September.

The trust said it is “a key milestone” in the restoration of the lighthouse site.

A ceremony will be held  to mark the occasion, with guests – including ex-lighthouse keepers who were based at Sumburgh Head – having the chance to take the tour.

Access to the fully functioning tower has been possible through the help of the Northern Lighthouse Board, which carried out alterations to the lightroom to ensure the safety of the light and visitors.

Tours will be held between noon and 3.20pm with tickets from the visitor centre gift shop.

The Sumburgh Head Lighthouse was designed by Robert Stevenson and built in 1821 and the light is controlled and maintained by the Northern Lighthouse Board as part of their on-going work to ensure the safety of mariners.

The £5.4 million lighthouse restoration project includes a new visitor centre, wildlife information and learning area.


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  • George Gillon

    • August 3rd, 2015 23:05

    As an elderly expat, I have been up the lighthouse tower many times (unauthorised of course) and have very fond (and romantic) memories. I would recommend anyone and everyone to experience the wonderful world we are privileged to live in, from atop of Sumburgh Head lighthouse, simply wonderful.


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