Rinns of Islay

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Looking across the eastern part of the Rinns from Beinn Tart A' Mhill, the highest point in the area, across the seaward end of Loch Indaal towards the Mull of Oa
Rinns of Islay Lighthouse
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Orsay Lighthouse
Rinns of Islay is located in Argyll and Bute
Rinns of Islay
Argyll and Bute
Location Orsay Isle
Inner Hebrides
United Kingdom
Coordinates 55°40′23″N 6°30′47″W / 55.673122°N 6.513112°W / 55.673122; -6.513112
Year first constructed 1825
Automated 1998
Construction masonry tower
Tower shape cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / pattern white tower, black lantern, ochre trim
Tower height 29 metres (95 ft)
Focal height 46 metres (151 ft)
Light source solar power
Intensity 600.000 candela
Range 24 nautical miles (44 km; 28 mi)
Characteristic Fl W 5s.
Admiralty number A4256
NGA number 4232
ARLHS number SCO-184
Managing agent Northern Lighthouse Board[1] [2]
Heritage Site of Special Scientific Interest 
Official name Rinns of Islay
Designated 25 April 1990
Reference no. 466[3]

The Rinns of Islay (Scottish Gaelic: Na Roinn Ìleach; alternative English spelling Rhinns of Islay) is an area on the west of the island of Islay in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland.

It is a peninsula that is attached to the main body of the island by a narrow isthmus towards its northern end. The main population centres are Port Charlotte and Portnahaven, based on the A847 that runs along its eastern coast.

It is designated a Special Protection Area due to its importance for a number of breeding and wintering birds, particularly Greenland white-fronted goose and chough. The significance of the area owes much to its wide variety of habitats including bog, moorland, dune grassland, maritime grassland, marsh and extensively-farmed agricultural land.

The Rinns of Islay lighthouse is located on the island of Orsay.

The Rhinns complex, a deformed igneous complex that is considered to form the basement to the Colonsay Group of metasedimentary rocks takes its name from the Rhinns of Islay.

See also


  1. ^ Rinns of Islay The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 20 May 2016
  2. ^ Rinns of Islay Northern Lighthouse Board. Retrieved 20 May 2016
  3. ^ "Rinns of Islay". Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 25 April 2018.

External links

  • Special Protection Area designation
  • Northern Lighthouse Board
  • Map sources for Rinns of Islay

Coordinates: 55°44′22″N 6°26′19″W / 55.73954°N 6.43872°W / 55.73954; -6.43872

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