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Sumburgh Head Bird Cliffs


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See Shetland’s oldest lighthouse and an abundance of seabirds on a tour to Mainland’s southern tip.
  • Visit Mainland’s most southerly point, Sumburgh Head – an RSPB nature reserve 

  • Admire the view across the waters of the magnificent Mousa Broch, the tallest and best-preserved round tower broch in the world  

  • See the dramatic cliffs with an abundance of seabirds, including puffins, guillemots, shags and fulmars 

Marine life haven 

At Sumburgh Head, you’ll see Shetland’s oldest lighthouse, built in 1821. As a stunning nature reserve, the cliffs surrounding the area are filled with nesting seabirds and the seas are home to marine animals like harbour porpoises, white-beaked dolphins and whales.

Practical information

  • Remarks/requirements: Warm, waterproof clothing recommended.

  • Language: English.

  • Walking information: Sumburgh Head – ½ mile walk up a steep path to lighthouse. Hoswick – at guests’ discretion.

  • Wheelchair accessible: Yes.

Penguins perched on the ice of Cuverville Island, Antarctica. Credit: Espen Mills / HX Hurtigruten Expeditions

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