When you sail into Port Askaig on the Isle of Islay, you pass Carraig Mhòr Lighthouse in the Sound of Islay, I was hoping it would be a Stevenson Lighthouse to add to my collection, but it’s not. The light was established in 1928 and that’s all I can find out about it at the moment, but its one for the ‘Lighthouse Collection’ and as always, they are all set in spectacular scenery.
I have added yet another category to my blog, Stevenson Lighthouses in Scotland. I found out when researching for Skerryvore Lighthouse that there are a great many Stevenson built lighthouses in Scotland and so far the ones that I have photographed, have been in the most beautiful locations. So apart from all the other things I want to explore and photograph, I now want to see how many I can capture. As I live in England and not Scotland, this could be a long affair, but fun, just adds somewhere else to visit, although, I do not have to physically visit the lighthouse, taking a photo from afar is ok.
We were lucky enough to have a second holiday in Scotland this year, when we stayed on Jura and Isley, two beautiful islands off the west coast and I realised that I had taken some photos of a couple of Stevenson Lighthouses. This post is of the elegant Rinns of Islay Lighthouse, which is on the Isle of Orsay that you can see at the end of the road in Port Wemyss on Islay, separated by a stretch of narrow water. Built by Robert Stevenson in 1825. The light was alternately stationary and revolving, producing a bright ‘flash’ of light every 12 seconds, this was a new way to distinguish one light from another, without those intervals of darkness which characterise other lights on the coast.
We have just come back from a lovely holiday on the west coast of Scotland, but as always, I took far too many photos. So while I sort through them, I thought I would carry on with my lighthouse category. When we were on holiday last year 2015. we saw this one from our hotel window in Edgartown.
One of five lighthouses on Martha’s Vineyard, Edgartown Harbour Light, was built in 1939 replacing an earlier one of 1828.
We were sailing back from the Isle of Coll, an Inner Hebridean Island, in 2013, on a very misty day, it had been warm, but the mist had stay with us all day. This lone lighthouse was the only photo that I took on a three hour trip back to Oban. I think its on Mull, but I’m not too sure, maybe someone can tell me 🙂 Anyway it is going in my ‘Lighthouse Category’
I found it 🙂 ………This is a traditional lighthouse designed by Thomas and David Stevenson. It was first established in 1857 and manned by keepers until 1960 when the light was automated. The tower is on a small islet joined to the keepers house and the shore by a bridge. The light is exhibited from a black-painted lantern room at the top of a 19 metre white-painted masonry tower. Access is by a one mile walk along the cliff top path from Tobermory, Isle of Mull.
Just along from Marston Rock and Grotto is Souter Lighthouse.
Some interesting facts about the lighthouse………..Souter Lighthouse was opened in 1871 on Lizard Point near Sunderland. Originally, the lighthouse was meant to be built 1 mile down the coastline on Souter Point but was relocated due to the clifftops being higher. The name was kept to avoid confusion. The lighthouse was built to protect sailors, from what at the time, was the most notorious coastline of its day. In 1860 alone, there were 20 shipwrecks reported on the reefs just off the coast. James Douglass designed the iconic red and white striped building as it became the first lighthouse to be lit by electricity. It’s 800,000 candle power light could be seen for up to 26 miles away. It was in active service until 1988 when it was decommissioned but was still used until 1999 as a radio beacon. Today, it is owned by The National Trust and has become a museum where you can look back at the day to day life of a lighthouse and its workers.
I also found out that the lighthouse is haunted by Isobella Darling. In the north-west of England the surname of Darling is well known and admired. Grace Darling was a heroine from 1838 when she helped to save the lives of 13 people from the wreck of the SS Forfarshire in severe weather conditions. The ghost of Isobella Darling is Grace’s niece. It has been verified from census records of 1881 that she lived at the Souter Lighthouse – and appears to still frequent the building. Staff at the lighthouse have reported spoons levitating, cold spots and have had the feeling of being physically grabbed. A lot of this activity takes place in the kitchen and living areas where Isobella would have lived. A waitress – Souter is now owned by the UK National Trust – and many others have also seen a man in an old-fashioned lighthouse keeper’s uniform. He wanders the kitchen corridor and then disappears. The smell of tobacco lingers in the air.