At the southern tip of mainland Shetland sits Sumburgh Head. Steep cliffs meet the ferocious North Sea, while the historic lighthouse watches out from the top of the cliffs. During the summer, Sumburgh Head comes alive with the spectacle of thousands of seabirds, including Puffins, Fulmars, Guillemots and Shags. You can also spot passing cetaceans such as Minke Whales, Orcas and dolphins on a calm day.

It's the craggy cliffs that support the large seabird colony here, with each species occupying different areas of the cliff. The sandy soils of the cliff tops are perfect for Puffins to dig their burrows, and lots of passerines such as Twites, Wrens and Rock Pipits use the stone dykes, rocky cliff face and grassy cliff tops for nesting and feeding.

The Sumburgh Head lighthouse and visitor centre is run by the Shetland Amenity Trust. Find out about exploring the lighthouse itself on their website.

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