Lighthouses

Views From A Caravan Window, Scotland

Although the first part of our Scottish holiday, May 2018, wasn’t as nice as we could have wished for, the second part was.  This is the view from our caravan window, the air was so clear, I could see the lighthouse just off of the Isle of Lismore, with the Isle of Mull in the background.  Normally there is a heat haze with hides the lighthouse, but on this day all was clear.  Even the castle which we can see, was clearer than we had ever seen it before.  The views from the caravan site were wonderful, and we had the most wonderful sunsets, made up for all the rain 🙂

 

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’

 

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. 

Esha Ness Lighthouse 1929, Northmavine Peninsula, Shetlands, Scotland

One of the lighthouses that we saw on our Iceland Cruise of March 2018, was Esha Ness Lighthouse, also known as Eshaness.  Suitiuted on the Northmavine Peninsula in the northern part of Shetland’s Mainland Island, we were on a coach trip to see the lighthouse and a walk along the Eshaness Cliffs.  Luckily no one else seemed to be interested in the lighthouse, so I got quite a few people free photos.  We had chosen this tour as I wanted the Stevenson Lighthouse for my lighthouse category, and the location of this one is spectacular, with the weather being perfect.  The light was built in 1929 and was the last manned lighthouse designed by a Stevenson, this one by David A Stevenson.  I have added the information board, hopefully you can read it.  It was interesting to see a light that I really never thought I would visit, and it’s one more ticked of the list.  

Yellow Lighthouses, Reykjavik Port, Iceland.

While we were waiting for the bus to take us back to our cruise ship, I noticed some bright yellow lighthouses, these were the Reykjavík Norðurgarði (north mole) and Reykjavík Ingólfsgarði (south mole) lights at the end of the breakwaters for the main harbor of Reykjavik. They are small square corrugated iron structures that are painted yellow.  As I took my photos, a fishing boat left the harbour, so I was quite happy that I got both, lighthouses and boat, for my ‘Lighthouse Category’

March 2018