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The south mainland has some of Shetland’s most stunning scenery, important archaeological sites and wildlife attractions.

Sumburgh’s seabird cliffs are world famous. From April to August you can see puffins in close up at Sumburgh Lighthouse, where there is a new visitor centre and exhibition space.

The white sandy beaches of Quendale, West Voe and Grutness are close by and the Pool of Virkie, an important site for bird watching, is a few minutes walk away.

The Iron Age villages of Jarlshof and Old Scatness are easily accessible, as is Betty Mouat’s Cottage.

If you want a break from cooking, Sumburgh Hotel, next to Jarlshof, is a relaxing place to eat out.

Slightly further north is St Ninian’s Isle, a small tied island connected by the largest active tombolo in the UK. Also worth a visit is the small island of Mousa, known for its broch - an Iron Age round tower - a special protection area for storm petrel breeding colonies.

On your outings, you will often see seals and, if you are lucky, you may see dolphins, otters and killer whales.

If you have a car, it is easy to get around the mainland and to visit the smaller islands. Shetland has very good roads and regular ferries.

There is also a frequent bus service from a stop near to the cottage.




Delve into more than 4,000 years of human settlement in the same location. Neolithic people first settled at this site in Shetland around 2700 BC, and it remained in use until the AD 1600s.


Sumburgh Lighthouse


Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve is a world class visitor attraction, providing an engaging and interactive experience for the whole family. Visit, and explore the history and natural heritage of Sumburgh Head from early geological beginnings and Iron Age settlers to Lighthouse Keepers, Whales, Puffins and much more.


St Ninian's Isle


St Ninian's Isle is a small tied island connected by the largest tombolo in the UK to the south-western coast of the Mainland, Shetland, in Scotland.

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