It's been a long time coming but Sumburgh Lighthouse has just opened after a major (£5.4m plus) renovation including the addition of a visitor centre with some excellent displays and information. What we want to know though is why no cafe in the wonderful looking education centre room with a fantastic view over Scat Ness and Fitful?
It costs £10 for a family ticket to enter the various rooms of the visitor centre and it lasts you the season, so it's pretty good value.
The displays are high quality and informative. They kept Beren interested, though he really just wanted to look at the marine life displays not the engine room.
The marine life centre is pretty cool and I liked the lighthouse glass lens in the entrance...
Beren was hoping for an aquarium type display, but this was pretty impressive.
Am I an orca?
Or a minke?
There was lots of information about wildlife around the coast, with the chance to touch some whale baleen and listen to bird calls and lots of great photos.
And the foghorn building...
We'll certainly be be back again, when hopefully the access to the lighthouse itself will be open. I'll also be back without Beren to get a chance to read the historical information properly; there's a lot to take in!
So the verdict... very good, well worth the visit, but please get some refreshments sorted in there, you're really missing a trick without it!