This first tower in this location was almost complete when it was destroyed in a storm in 1850, after more than two years of work. The present tower took seven years to complete. It was strengthened by a new layer of masonry and increased in height in 1887. In 1946 a BBC reporter went to the lighthouse for a Christmas broadcast and was stranded for four weeks by heavy seas.
Tower Height: 167
Height of Focal Plane: 144
Characteristic and Range: Two white flashes every 15 seconds.
Description of Tower: Conical granite tower, helicopter pad above lantern.
This light is operational
Date Established: 1858
Date Present Tower Built: 1858
Date Automated: 1991
Current Use: Active aid to navigation.
Open To Public? No.
Accessible by boat or helicopter only.