Lighthouses – All Lighthouses

A collection of all lighthouses that I have photographed.

Fladda Lighthouse 1860 – Islet of Fladda, Slate Islands, Scotland

While on holiday in Scotland, May 2018, we always visit the Slate Islands on the west coast, just down from Oban.  There is no need for a ferry trip, as the main island, Seil is connected to the main land, by the ‘Bridge Over The Atlantic’ also known as Clachan Bridge.  Slate was quarried from the islands, hence their name.  There is lovely pub in the main village, where we go to have lunch, you can sit out on the decking which over looks the water, on a lovely day, its a sun trap.  This year it was cold, so we were inside, but looking through the windows, for the first time in many years, I saw a lovely surprise, Fladda Lighthouse on the very small islet of Fladda.  Of course it was quite a distance away, but you can see it’s a Stevenson Lighthouse.  I have since read that the owner, it’s privately own, repainted the exterior recently, and now it stands out against the Isle of Luing.  The only way to visit is by boat, but as its privately owned, the site and tower are close to the public.  One way of getting closer is to go on a wildlife boat trip, might try that next year.  Built in 1860, the light was designed and built by David & Thomas Stevenson, and became automatic in 1956.  Just really pleased to add another Stevenson Lighthouse to my ‘Lighthouse Category’

 

Neist Point Lighthouse 1909 – Isle of Skye, Scotland

While on holiday in Scotland a couple weeks ago, May 2018, I managed to photograph quite a few lighthouses for my Stevenson Lighthouse Category.  The best one for location, was Neist Point Lighthouse on the Isle of Skye, on the most westerly tip of Skye near the township of Glendale.  I had read that you could climb down steps to the lighthouse, that they were steep, but there was a handrail.  We arrived to find it was very busy, in fact everywhere this year was busy……I think everyone has found out how wonderful Scotland is for a holiday……anyway, we parked the car and headed in the direction of the lighthouse.  We climbed down to the start of the steps, down a few steps and then….that was it, far too steep for me, far too many people trying to get up and down at the same time.  If we had been on our own, or if there had only been a few people I would have gone down, so I decided we would turn back and climb the hill side of the cliffs and get some shots that way.  It was very steep and muddy, but worth it for the views and thank goodness it was one of the non stormy days we had.

The lighthouse was designed by David Alan Stevenson at cost of £4350.00 and was first lit on 1 November 1909, and automated in 1990, when the lighthouse keepers were withdrawn.  The keeper’s cottages that surround the tower are now privately owned, for a few years were used as holiday lets, but recently they don’t seem to have been used, and the whole place has an air of abandonment.  

Neist Point (pronounced ‘Neest’) is renowned for its rock formations, which are closely akin to those at the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. It is said that the causeway extends under the sea from Northern Ireland to the Isle of Skye.

 

Copinsay Lighthouse 1915 – Orkney, Scotland

Iceland Cruise March 2018 – After leaving Orkney on our way home, I did see one last lighthouse.  It was about 11.00 pm, and I was sitting in one of the lounges waiting for the midnight buffet to start, when I saw a light through the window.  It was dark, but I aimed the camera through the window in the direction of the light, and this is what I got, I did change it to mono to get a better image.  The island of Copinsay is to the east of the Orkney Mainland, and has itself in recent years has become a bird sanctuary, as well as home to a Stevenson Lighthouse.  The light was designed by Charles A Stevenson and was at the request of the Admiralty to mark an approach from the north to the naval base at Scapa Flow.  There is a wonderful story…..in the 1930’s it was farmed by Mr Groat who had 13 children and between them, and the light keepers children. they had a resident teacher on the island.  One of the rooms in the farm house was the class room……what an amazing place to have gone to school.  The Light was automated in 1991 and is now remotely monitored from the Northern Lighthouse Board’s offices in Edinburgh.  Another Stevenson Lighthouse for my ‘Lighthouse Category’

 

Hillier Holm Lighthouse 1892 – Hillier Holm, Orkney, Scotland

Iceland Cruise March 2018 – On leaving Kirkwall, Orkney, the ship sailed passed a lighthouse on the uninhabited Isle of Hillier Holm, off the coast of the Isle of Shapinsay,   To my delight it was another Stevenson Lighthouse for my ‘Lighthouse Categories’  I was hoping to have seen more lighthouses, but we did most of our sailing at night, and the weather on sea days, was always wet and windy.  So I enjoyed taking lots of photos of this lighthouse at such close quarters.  The keepers cottage is quite derelict, as I think it was sold quite a few years ago, but has just been left.  The light is still managed by the Northern Light House Board.

Designed in 1893 by brothers, David A. and Charles Stevenson.  The light was automated in 1967 and the tower rises to 42 ft  – 12.8 meters high.

 

A Lone Lighthouse, Nr Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland

We are away again for the Bank Holiday, and sorting through the last of the Iceland Cruise photos for a quick easy post, I noticed I had missed a lighthouse.  It’s a modern light, but the location is amazing, and although I have yet to photograph buoys, this again is in a stunning location.  Both were near the Port of Lerwick, The Shetland Islands.  A nice one for my ‘Lighthouse Category’

March 2018

West Pier Lighthouse 1854, Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland

Iceland cruise March 2018 – When we were exploring Kirkwall, the chief town of Orkney, I found this small lighthouse down in the harbour.  The light was built in 1854, but creased working in 1994.  There is a new modern light, that has taken its place, but it nice to know the old one was kept, as it makes a nice focal point to the harbour.  Another one for the ‘Lighthouse Category’

 

 

Bressay Island Lighthouse 1858 – Nr Lerwick, Shetland, Scotland

I nearly missed this lighthouse March 2018, too busy looking the other way.  We were on coach coming into Lerwick, and as we came over the top of a hill, my husband told me to look quickly through the other window.  There was a lighthouse, I took a quick photo and then it was gone.  What I had seen from a distance, was a Stevenson’s Lighthouse on Brassy Island, built between 1854 to 1858, and designed by brothers David and Thomas Stevenson.  You can visit the island, and there is quite a few places to visit, but as we didn’t have a car, and there was no way that we could go to the island, and get back in time for sailing on our cruise ship.  So one more reason to return and explore theses beautiful Islands.  The Lighthouse is going into my ‘Lighthouse Category’, until I return and take some close up photos.