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 www.calmac.co.uk for information. Lewis Off-Road Discovery offers tours of the island and lighthouse station -- see www.ihpublishing.freeuk.com/discover.htm for details.