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Name: Butt of Lewis Lighthouse  

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Nearest Town or City:
Eoropie , , United Kingdom

Location: Northern tip of the Isle of Lewis, northwest Scotland.

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Photo: John Mobbs

Managing Organization:
Northern Lighthouse Board


This lighthouse was designed by engineer David Stevenson. It was the last of the Northern Lighthouse Board's lighthouses to be automated.

Tower Height: 121

Height of Focal Plane: 171

Characteristic and Range: Flashing white every 5 seconds, visible for 25 nautical miles.

Description of Tower: Conical red brick tower.

This light is operational

Date Established: 1862

Date Present Tower Built: 1862

Date Automated: 1998

Fog Signal: The original foghorn was operated by compressed air and was decommissioned and demolished in the early 1980s. Its replacement was discontinued in 1995 (was 2 blasts every 30 seconds).

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

To reach the Isle of Lewis, flights to/from Barra, Benbecula, Inverness, Glasgow, London and other destinations operate regularly. During the summer, a ferry sails from Ullapool on the mainland to Stornoway 2 or 3 times a day except Sundays. Check for information. Lewis Off-Road Discovery offers tours of the island and lighthouse station -- see for details.


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