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Name: Sumburgh Head Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Sumburgh, , United Kingdom

Location: On the southern tip of the main Shetland Island

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Photo: Ken Ross

Managing Organization:
Shetland Amenity Trust


Sumburgh Head is an important nesting site for seabirds, including puffins. The light station serves as the headquarters of the Sumburgh Head Nature Reserve. The Royal Society for the Preservation of Birds also has its reserve headquarters in an assistant keeper’s cottage. The Shetland Amenity Trust provides overnight accommodations here. The Northern Lighthouse Board retains ownership and management of the lighthouse itself.

Tower Height: 56

Height of Focal Plane: 299

Characteristic and Range: Group flashing (3) every 30 seconds, visible for 23 nautical miles.

This light is operational

Date Established: 1821

Date Present Tower Built: 1821

Date Automated: 1991

Fog Signal: Fog horn discontinued in 1987 (was one blast every 90 seconds). Restored to working order in 2015.

Current Use: Active aid to navigation, overnight accommodations.

Open To Public? Yes.

Keepers: Lawrence Tulloch (c. 1971-1972).

Nearby Lodging: The principal keeper's dwelling has been converted into self-catering cottage accommodations.


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