by Helen Smith -
The visitor centre at Sumburgh Head is now open to the public after a £5.4 million pound improvement project. Boasting a lighthouse, visitor centre and nature reserve, it certainly has a lot to offer. The main areas of the site are the Marine Life Centre, Radar Hut, Foghorn Tower, the Smiddy (or Smithy), an Education Room, Engine Room, Accommodation Block and the self catering accomodation. There's a very nice gift shop there, where you can stock up on items you won't see anywhere else.
The original buildings have been lovingly restored and the attention to detail is astounding. Visitors to the site can guide themselves but extremely helpful Visitor Service Assistants are on hand, should you need a more detailed explanation to any of the displays. And of course, you should take time to do a bit of bird spotting - my personal favourite is the Tammie Norie (puffin), they're so comical, it's no wonder they're often called the clowns of the sky! And if you can't visit Sumburgh Head this year make sure you check out the Puffincam.
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