Point of Fethaland Lighthouse

Point of Fethaland Lighthouse
Photo: Patrick Tubby

Point of Fethaland Lighthouse is located at the most northerly tip of mainland Shetland. Established in 1977 it was one of several lighthouses built for the Sullom Voe oil terminal tankers.

Fethaland Lighthouse
Photo: Patrick Tubby

The road ends at Isbister, and from here a six-mile circular walk heads out to the Point of Fethaland. The views are spectacular, and the track passes a small bay with roofless stone cottages clustered around the beach. This settlement place was known as The Haaf, these were the Fethaland fishing cottages. The deep sea fishing settlement was once the busiest in Shetland, but the season was a short one, lasting between June to August. 

The cottage roofs were removed when the fishing was complete for the season to prevent further damage to the houses.  They were then re-erected for the next fishing season.

Point of Fethaland
Photo: Patrick Tubby

Further along the headland, the impressive minor light of Point of Fethaland comes into view.  From the walk, other minor lights can be seen including Gruney and Muckle Holm.

Established: 1977
Tower Height: 7 metres
Light Character: Fl (3) W R 15 s
Light Range: W 19 miles, R 16 miles
Elevation: 65 metres