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Sumburgh Head

Sumburgh Head

At the Southern tip of the Shetland Mainland, Sumburgh Head is an incredible view point over the wild North Sea and Atlantic Ocean. A huge sea bird colony and reserve managed by the RSPB is a great place to see puffins, razorbills, guillemots, shags, skuas and fulmars when they breed here in the summer. It is also home to an iconic Stevenson lighthouse, and Robert Louis Stevenson himself brought Sir Walter Scott here, who was inspired to write The Pirate (one of the famous Waverley novels). Nearby is also Shetland’s main airport.

Lucy Purbrick

Main Photo Credit Tom Bastin via Flickr

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This page is part of Coastal Knowledge, an online exhibition mapping some of the amazing places on the coast of Scotland.  It includes pictures, memories, artworks, stories and videos submitted by a variety of people including scientists, artists, coastal dwellers, tourists, and community organisations.  We want to share the beauty of the Scottish coast, but also its vital role in the day-to-day lives of people in Scotland- for example, its many industrial roles.

This exhibition is dynamic and ongoing- and we’d love for you to share contributions for it too!  To learn more and submit your own coastal knowledge, visit the main page of the exhibition.

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