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Name: Cape Wrath Lighthouse  

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Nearest Town or City:
Durness, , United Kingdom

Location: Northwest tip of Scotland.

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Photo: John Mobbs

Managing Organization:
Northern Lighthouse Board


This lighthouse was designed by engineer Robert Stevenson.

Tower Height: 66

Height of Focal Plane: 400

Characteristic and Range: 4 white flashes every 30 seconds, range 22 nautical miles.

Description of Tower: White, conical stone tower with black lantern.

This light is operational

Date Established: 1828

Date Present Tower Built: 1828

Date Automated: 1998

Optics: First order Fresnel lens.

Fog Signal: Discontinued 2001 (was six second blast every 90 seconds).

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? Grounds only.

From Durness, a ferry (May to September) is available across the Kyle of Durness. From there a minibus (also May to September) is available to take you to the lighthouse. For information on the Cape Wrath Ferry, phone 01971 511376. For information on the Cape Wrath Minibus Service, phone 01971 511343 or 511287.

Nearby Lodging: The Cape Wrath Hotel overlooks the Kyle of Durness. Visit the hotel's website at


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