Carraig Fhada Lighthouse, Port Ellen, Isle of Islay, Scotland

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Carraig Fhada LightHouse is quite an unusual shaped lighthouse near Port Ellen on the Isle of Islay, Scotland.  We had gone to find an ancient burial ground, and came away with some images of a rather unique lighthouse.  The lighthouse was commissioned in 1832 by Walter Frederick Campbell the Laird of Islay, in memory of his wife, Lady Eleanor Campbell, who died in the same year 1832, aged 36.  This is a very characteristic lighthouse with two square towers connected to each other and standing 17 meters high.  The light was established in 1832 and the engineers were David Hamilton and son.  The light flashes every 3 seconds, with white, red, and green sectors.

There is an inscription on a plaque above the door reads as follows:

Ye who mid storms and tempests stray in
dangers midnight hour.
Behold where shines this friendly ray and
hail its guardian tower.

Tis but faint emblem of her light my fond
and faithful guide.
Whose sweet example meekin bright led
through this worlds eventful tide my happy course aright.

And still my guiding star she lives in realms
of bliss above.
Still to my heart blest influence gives and
prompts to deeds of love.

Tis she that bids me on the steep kindle this
beacons flame.
To light the wanderer o`er the deep who safe
shall bless her name.

The lighthouse was taken over by the Northern Lighthouse Board in 1924 and converted to operate on propane gas in 1963. The nearby keeper’s cottage, no longer needed since the light was automated, is now a private residence.



18 Replies to “Carraig Fhada Lighthouse, Port Ellen, Isle of Islay, Scotland”

  1. I like the idea of a memorial that actually does something good for folks. That’s a memorial with a heart. And a nice lighthouse, too. 🙂

  2. A sweet touching poem that will tell a story for a long time . The burial ground .. is it those who lost their lives ar sea buried there or was there a little community there?

    1. Thank you, I love taking photos of lighthouses and most are in the most wonderful locations. I think you where near one, but I couldn’t work out which one in Scotland 🙂

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