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Flights To Sumburgh

Sumburgh is a small settlement in the Shetland Islands, Scotland, located at the south end of Mainland on Sumburgh Head. Approximately 100 people inhabit the settlement.

There are select areas in Sumburgh that are worth visiting. There’s Old Scatness, which is a great and enjoyable way to learn about its history, whether you’re an archaeology buff or not. From the Iron Age to the Viking takeover, you’ll be guided accordingly throughout the trip. It also houses a remarkable brock from around 300 BC, as well as roundhouses and wheelhouses. The highlights are the peat fire and the working loom. The fairly new Sumburgh Head Visitor Centre, which lies atop the cliffs at Sumburgh Head, 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. Beside the airport is the impressive archaeological site of Jarlshof, which depicts several periods of occupation, where you can witness the changes from each era. On top of the site is the 16th century house.

The rest of the rugged and remote Shetland Islands give a Scottish atmosphere, with variously illuminated areas changing depending on location, and a picturesque, nature sceneries all around. Some of the places that you can visit are the Hermaness Nature Reserve headland, where you can see the most northerly point of Scotland, the lighthouse in Muckle Flugga, and the rocks of Out Stack. Visit Shetland Museum and see its collection of artefacts that date back to 5,000 years ago, covering everything from the geology of the archipelago to local mythology. Visit the Isle of Noss, home to more than 100,000 pairs of breeding seabirds; Unst Bus Shelter, the most impressive bus stop in Britain; and relax and have a coffee at either Mill Café of Hay’s Dock.

How to get around within Sumburgh

The settlement can be easily navigated around on foot. To go to other islands in Shetland, you can do so on a ferryboat, on a plane, or by car (especially since the island roads are in excellent condition, even better than most of the rest of United Kingdom), or by bus.

How to get there

Sumburgh Airport is the main airport that serves the island of Shetland. It is located on the southern tip of the mainland, 17 NM (31km; 20 mi) south of Lerwick. Directflight and Loganair-operated Flybe operate at the airport. The former offers seasonal flights to Fair Isle, while the latter offers flights to Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, and Kirkwall, as well as seasonal flights to Bergen and charter flights to Knock. The primary transport links to get to the island is through the Scottish Mainland. Another way of getting in is by going on a ferry trip via Northlink Ferries. 

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