Sumburgh is a small settlement in the Shetland Islands, which can be found in Scotland. Sumburgh can be found located at the south end of Mainland on Sumburgh Head. There are around 100 people who inhabit the settlement. Sumburgh is considered as one of the most remote areas in Shetland Mainland in Scotland. As recorded, the settlement has more birds than people inhabiting it and is set as a Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) nature reserve. However, Sumburgh’s coast provides a magnificent view of Shetland's other islands, while nestled in the heart of the area are the homey bed & breakfast establishments and lodges.
Old Scatness - A place where tourists can learn about its history, the topics covered range from the Iron Age to the Viking takeover. There will be people who will guide you accordingly throughout the trip. The place also houses a remarkable brock from around 300 BC, as well as roundhouses and wheelhouses.
Sumburgh Head Visitor Centre - Located atop the cliffs at Sumburgh Head, it is set across numerous buildings, with displays that details information about the lighthouse, foghorn, and radar station, and also exhibits the local marine and bird life.
Jarlshof - Located beside the airport, Jarlshof is an impressive archaeological site that depicts several periods of occupation, where you can witness the changes from each era. On top of the site is the 16th century house. It contains remains dating from 2500 BC up to the 17th century AD.
How to get around within Sumburgh
Sumburgh is a remote settlement and any form of public transportation will be difficult. The only establishments that can be found are the lighthouse, the airport, and a few lodges and hotels. People usually travel by foot and most of the distances are quite accessible and possible to walk to. However, to go to other islands in Shetland, you can do so by ferryboat or plane.
How to get there
In order to get to Sumburgh, travellers can book their flights directly to Sumburgh Airport. The Sumburgh Airport is the main airport that serves the islands of Shetland. Travellers can book the cheapest flights to Sumburgh via Sumburgh Airport using Skyscanner. Skyscanner is a trusted online source of the cheapest flights for specific destinations and dates. Airlines that operate from the Sumburgh Airport are Directflight and Flybe.
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