Butt of Lewis Lighthouse

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Butt of Lewis Lighthouse
Rubha Robhanais
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Butt of Lewis Lighthouse
Butt of Lewis Lighthouse is located in Outer Hebrides
Butt of Lewis Lighthouse
Outer Hebrides
Location Butt of Lewis
Outer Hebrides
Coordinates 58°30′55.7″N 6°15′39.2″W / 58.515472°N 6.260889°W / 58.515472; -6.260889
Year first constructed 1862
Automated 1998
Construction brick tower
Tower shape tapered cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / pattern brick unpainted tower, black lantern, ochre trim
Tower height 37 metres (121 ft)
Focal height 52 metres (171 ft)
Range 25 nautical miles (46 km; 29 mi)
Characteristic Fl W 5s.
Admiralty number A3968
NGA number 3820
ARLHS number SCO-027
Managing agent Northern Lighthouse Board[1] [2]
Heritage category A listed building 
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Butt of Lewis Lighthouse, designed by David Stevenson, was built at Butt of Lewis to aid shipping in the 1860s. Unusual for a lighthouse in Scotland, it is constructed of red brick, and is unpainted. The station was automated in 1998, one of the last to be converted. A modern differential GPS base station has now been sited on a nearby hill to further aid navigation. This hill was also the site for a LLoyd's Signal Station from the 1890s.

The road to the lighthouse passes a sheltered cove called Port Stoth. Agricultural lazy beds are also visible along the coast. The Butt of Lewis features some of the oldest rocks in Europe, having been formed in the Precambrian period up to 3000 million years ago.[citation needed] Following the coast southwest from the lighthouse there is a natural arch called the "Eye of the Butt" (Scottish Gaelic: Toll a’ Ròigh). It can be best viewed from the Habost machair.

See also


  1. ^ Butt Of Lewis (Rubha Robhanais) The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 18 May 2016
  2. ^ Butt of Lewis Northern Lighthouse Board. Retrieved 18 May 2016

External links

  • Butt of Lewis history by the Northern Lighthouse Board
  • Panoramas of the Butt of Lewis Lighthouse (QuickTime required)
  • Northern Lighthouse Board
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