The newly refurbished Sumburgh Head Lighthouse buildings were opened on 3 June 2014 in an official opening ceremony led by HRH Princess Royal. As patron of the Northern Lighthouse Board, Her Royal Highness has visited Sumburgh Head Lighthouse many times and this visit saw her given a tour of the new facilities, the refurbished Engine Room, Foghorn and Radar Hut.
Hundreds of invited guests attended including representatives of supporters and funders, the RSPB, the Northern Lighthouse Board, Scottish Rural Development Programme, European Regional Development Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Natural Heritage, The Wolfson Foundation, Shetland Islands Council, and the Shetland Amenity Trust.
We were delighted to be involved in this project which has become a highlight of tourism on mainland Shetland. We developed two touch-screen interactives and several audiovisual exhibits to tell the story of the area’s outstanding wildlife. We hear HRH Princes Royal gave everyone quite a fright with the interactive fog horn!