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Opening times

1 April to 30 September:
Monday to Sunday, 9.30am to 5.30pm

1 October to 31 March:
Restricted hours, please phone 01856 841 815 for information.

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Visitors can use the level gravel car park of the Sumburgh Hotel.

Approach to site

The site is down a steep, 8m-long ramp and 150m along a wide grass drive, which ends in a level gravel path. The paths in front of the visitor centre are cobbled.

Visitor centre

The visitor centre has:

  • step-free access
  • interactive displays
  • 2 steps (no handrail) down onto the site


The paths around the site are gravel, and bound stone. There are level changes and protruding archaeological remains. Some of the Iron Age buildings have narrow (50cm) and low entrances.

Access to the wheelhouse is down very uneven stone steps (no handrail).

The top of the laird’s house is reached via a modern, metal spiral staircase (with handrail).


Nearest adapted toilet is at:

Sumburgh Airport

Assistance dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome:

  • at all Historic Scotland properties
  • within roofed areas

View our access guide to find out about accessibility at more than 80 of our sites.

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