28 February 2013
Before you visit
- Open at all times under Scottish access legislation. Some disruption to access due to major redevelopment works in 2013-2014
- Free entry
- No toilets, catering, formal way-marked access or reception staff
- Registered assistance and other dogs welcome, but on a lead or under close control, please
- Events and activities programme. Please check ahead for suitability for your access needs.
How to get here
- Nearest bus stop (with shelter) by Sumburgh Hotel, 1.5 miles (2 km) away. Leasks Buses No. 6 Sumburgh-Lerwick daily. Access on main road with no pavement
- Coastal path from Historic Scotland’s Jarlshof site. Stiles and no waymarkers
- Boddam Cabs, tel: 01950 460111, is the local taxi service
- Bicycle hire from Sumburgh Hotel, tel: 01950 460201.
- 15 spaces in unmarked bays. Tarmac surface
- Limited car parking for less mobile visitors near lighthouse buildings. Only accessible by prior arrangement until 2014
- No lighting. Nor opening or height restrictions.
- No formal nature trails. Uneven, unimproved paths alongside boundary walls and fences. Two stiles along coastal trail
- Three benches - beside the car park, midway up to the lighthouse and just before the lighthouse gateway
- Cattle grid (with alternative access) on the road up to lighthouse.
- Two wooden viewing platforms with steps and some external interpretation between April and September
- Good views from car park.
Toilets and baby changing facilities
- Nearest public toilets at Grutness Pier, 1 mile (1.6 km) away, or West Voe beach, 50 m from the Sumburgh Hotel bus stop. Nearest unisex accessible facilities at Sumburgh Airport, 2 miles (3.25 km) away
- Nearest baby changing facilities are at Sumburgh Hotel.
- Nearest refreshments, including hot food, at Sumburgh Hotel, Sumburgh Airport or at Goudies local shop in Toab, 3 miles (5 km) away.
- Outdoor education on offer. Contact us to find out more.
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