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Orkney and Shetland Islands Sights

Muckle Flugga

  • B9086 Map It
  • Burrafirth
  • Nautical Site/Lighthouse

Updated 10/09/2013

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A path in the Hermaness National Nature Reserve meanders across moorland and climbs up a gentle hill, from which you can see, to the north, a series of tilting offshore rocks; the largest of these sea-battered protrusions is Muckle Flugga, meaning "big, steep-sided island," on which stands a lighthouse. The lighthouse was built by engineer Thomas Stevenson, whose son, the great Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson, used the outline of Unst for his map of Treasure Island. Muckle Flugga is the northernmost point in Scotland—the sea rolls out on three sides, and no land lies beyond.

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Burrafirth Shore Station, B9086, Burrafirth, Shetland Islands, ZE2 9EQ, Scotland

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Updated 10/09/2013


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