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TP6251 - Sumburgh Head
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OSGB36 trig archive spreadsheet - IW
Sumburgh HeadHU46/DM/35HU46S035DIS440698.891107885.3980.2322PILLAR01/06/1961101/06/1961L0

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There are 43 photos for this trigpoint (view album).

This trigpoint:
Is ranked joint 722nd with 9 other trigs (more).
Has a mean score of 7.03/10 (from 33 logged visits)
Was First logged: 3rd Aug 2002
Was Last logged: 2nd Jun 2019

Of the 33 logged visits,
9 recorded a location and of these....

All were within 461m
The average error was 73m
The closest was 1m

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Good condition 2nd Jun 2019  11:12  by vegibagger

FB Number: 10543  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Not on high point but to the NW of the lighthouse. Fairly miserable day, with Douglas Law.

Good condition 2nd Jun 2019  11:10  by dugswell2

FB Number: 10543  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Wet and windy morning but great to see that this trig has reappeared from its wooden coffin of 6 years ago.

Good condition 18th Aug 2018  08:44  by jonglew

Gridref: HU 40704 07890   FB Number: 10543  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Drive up to the lighthouse, where the pillar resides on the W side. Looks to have a composite(?) disc replacing the centre cap. No sight holes determined - all are below current ground level. Extensive seascapes.

Pillar TP6251©jonglew
Pillar TP6251©jonglew
Spider TP6251©jonglew
Flush Bracket TP6251©jonglew

Good condition 27th Jul 2018  16:29  by Ingrid

FB Number: 10543  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10



Good condition 17th Jun 2018  12:00  by Kelsborrow Wayfinders

FB Number: 10543  Condition: Good  Score: 9/10

Found on a wonderful week on Shetland

10543 - Sumburgh Head

Good condition 9th May 2018  16:26  by Triggers

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10


Not Logged 6th Feb 2018  16:52  by pricklyangelduo

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Not Logged  Score: 5/10


Good condition 16th Aug 2017  18:43  by Da Lipper

Gridref: HU 40697 07873   FB Number: 10543  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Waited till the lighthouse was closed to avoid the tourists and so I could take the car right up.

©Da Lipper
©Da Lipper
©Da Lipper

Not Logged 5th Jul 2017  14:26  by Wildfell

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Not Logged  Score: 5/10

Good condition 31st Aug 2016  11:03  by plet56

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

second time lucky

Not Logged 28th Jun 2016  15:47  by bikeboyz

FB Number: 10543  Condition: Not Logged  Score: 10/10

fully accessable down a couple of steps

Trig pillar

Good condition 25th Jun 2016  11:51  by peregrinus

FB Number: 10543  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Revisit in passing. Good to see construction finished and trig visible again. keep R below lighthouse complex, past visitor centre thru gate and up to L, easy access. Limited view today with the haar down. been trying to get to Fair Isle since yday.

Good condition 30th Apr 2016  14:00  by Maple Leaf

FB Number: 10543  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

Second visit to Shetland, but first time we've been into the lighthouse/visitor centre & restaurant. Great views.

Not Logged 4th Apr 2016  11:59  by zippyfenn

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Not Logged  Score: 9/10

Good condition 22nd Jun 2015  12:56  by coinea

Gridref: HU 40695 07872   FB Number: 10543  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

Loved the close up views of the puffins just over the wall near the lighthouse.

Good condition 22nd Jun 2015  12:54  by Clochandighter

Gridref: HU 40697 07877   FB Number: 10543  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

HISTORY: Pillar completed 6th August 1959, cost not on record. Computed by distomat survey as secondary triangulation station HU46/DM/35 within the Shetlands block during 1961. Levelled for height also in 1961. Last maintained by the OS in June 1980. SITE VISIT: Approached from NNE. Free public car park at HU408083. Followed road into lighthouse complex, trig is down to right beyond the new visitor centre. Southmost pillar on Shetland Mainland. Column in good condition, GPS plate fitted. Plastic cap in spider. Flush bracket faces southwest, ~227°. Sight holes buried. 180° panoramic view centred on west, remainder overtopped by buildings.

10543 - Sumburgh Head pillar & GRP
10543 - Sumburgh Head pillar & FB
10543 - Sumburgh Head visitor centre and view
10543 - Sumburgh Head and lighthouse

Good condition 24th May 2015  10:21  by g4wsb

Gridref: HU 40695 07875   FB Number: 10543  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Sumburghhead LH new extension has been built trig painted white accessible easy.Spent loads of money making good lighthouse- grounds.

Walk up to end turn right .tp©g4wsb
new extension. ©g4wsb

Good condition 21st May 2015  13:55  by countrymatters

Gridref: HU 40600 07800   FB Number: 10543  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10

Stumbled on it rather than found it. All brightly painted and spick and span.

Good condition 29th May 2014  14:32  by bluewhitereg

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 9/10

Trig has been repainted as part of a refurbishment of the whole area. Found, no problem.

Good condition 13th Jul 2013  09:15  by fasgadh

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 5/10

Not having the logs, it took some finding. I would not say it was inaccessible (unless work is going on), it is in a box surrounded by earth, obviously under protection until the renovation has finished. Early morning visit, no one around but the puffins.

In the box Protective covering for pillar during renovation of the lighthouse.©fasgadh

Inaccessible 2nd Jun 2013  19:40  by peregrinus

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Inaccessible  Score: 7/10

Quick late evening visit only but a few puffins spotted on the cliffs. Having seen the recent logs and reviewing my photos - I saw the wooden box! Top of it is about level with an earth bank beside new concrete walls. They are evidently working around the pillar and it will hopefully reappear outside the new building in a year's time.

Trig in a box
Top of protective trig box in earth bank and west coast looking north

Inaccessible 27th May 2013  10:30  by dugswell2

FB Number: NSEEN  Condition: Inaccessible  Score: 4/10

Protected or not, it seems currently to be under an earth bank.

Inaccessible 11th Sep 2012  10:08  by edfielden

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Inaccessible  Score: 5/10

My first trig stop having arrived on the overnight ferry from Aberdeen this morning, and after breakfast at the Co-op in Lerwick. I parked at the car park at the bottom of the hill and walked up the road leading to the lighthouse. As already mentioned there is construction work being undertaken. The pillar’s condition should be 'temporarily covered' - it's encased in a wooden enclosure for the duration of the (dangerously close) works to renovate the lighthouse and its environs. I could see the 'orange box' from a distance but a friendly workman took a closer photo for me. I consider it as close to a bag as I'll get until the works are finished!

Sumburgh Head - view from outside the cordon Looking NNW; pillar hiding inside wooden box beside digger ©edfielden
Sumburgh Head - close up view Dangerously close works! ©edfielden

Inaccessible 4th Sep 2012  09:30  by plet56

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Inaccessible  Score: 5/10

There is some serious redevelopment work going on in the lighthouse at the moment - completion spring 2014 according to the sign. The pillar is currently inaccessible and I wasn't able to catch a glimpse of it - I'll assume it's still there and will be unveiled with a new coat of whitewash in 2014!


Good condition 21st Aug 2011  19:45  by trigging on an island

FB Number: 10543  Condition: Good  Score: 9/10

Earlier in the day I’d visited the Ward Hill trig pillar and this evening I decided to head up here as well while the weather was still on my side. I took the road up to The Compass first and then followed the great path along the top of the cliffs as far as the lighthouse car park. Being late in the evening I was privileged to have the place all to myself to study the views and sea birds. After taking in the trig and lighthouse I returned via the swanky Sumburgh Hotel.

Sumburgh Head from near The Compass
Sumburgh Head from near to the hotel

Good condition 22nd Jun 2011  13:45  by martine41

Gridref: HU 40897 08302   FB Number: 10543  Condition: Good  Score: 9/10

Trig point and lighthouse. ©martine41
Flush bracket ©martine41

Good condition 4th Sep 2009  15:27  by Dodders

FB Number: 10543  Condition: Good  Score: 9/10

Interesting and awesome setting for trigpoint.


Good condition 27th Jun 2007  11:50  by Dobunnis

Gridref: HU 40699 07886   FB Number: 10543  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

Lots of birds nesting on the cliffs. Nice lighthouse and fog horn nearby. Trig tucked away

H with the trig

Good condition 18th Jun 2006  12:45  by dmwhite

Gridref: HU 40694 07873   FB Number: 10543  Condition: Good  Score: 7/10

Misty day so views were not that exceptional, RSPB open day so lots of help with the birdlife.

Plaque Plaque located on the pillar
View towards airport View looking northwest showing Sumburgh airport and West Voe of Sumburgh

Good condition 10th Jun 2005  12:00  by iainmac

FB Number: 10543  Condition: Good  Score: 8/10


Good condition 5th Jun 2005  14:02  by Phil Clayton

FB Number: 10543  Condition: Good  Score: 10/10

Outside wall just south of lighthouse. GPS plaque on trig. Popular spot for watching birds and planes.

Good condition 14th Jul 2004  11:08  by minstrelcat

FB Number: 10543  Condition: Good  Score: 10/10

Fab place for puffin spotting! Trig was harder to spot due to the lighthouse complex being so close. Eventually found the trig behind a wall around the back of the lighthouse outbuildings. this one is painted white and has a plaque on it saying it has something to do with the GPS network.

The trig in a great location ©minstrelcat

Good condition 3rd Aug 2002  12:00  by peregrinus

FB Number: Not logged  Condition: Good  Score: 6/10

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