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Barns Ness Lighthouse

near Dunbar, East Lothian

Location Guide

Photo by Richard West

This lighthouse, which marks the southern entrance to the Firth of Forth and Edinburgh, was deactivated in 2005. It is situated in a public reserve at East Lothian on the east coast of Scotland overlooking the North Sea. There is free parking and beach access. It is located just off the beach and can be viewed at close range from the surrounding parkland.

The two 1-storey keeper's houses and other light station buildings are leased as private residences. In 2006 the lighthouse was sold for more than 100,000 to the Lafarge Company, who already owned the keeper's houses.

Lighthouse information Grid


Barns Ness Lighthouse, nr Dunbar, East Lothian

Current status:

inactive since 2005

Geographic Position:

55 59.2'N  02 26.6'W

Grid Reference:


Ceremonial County:

East Lothian


Round stone tower with 169 steps to the top, lantern and gallery, attached to a 1-storey service building. Tower painted white, lantern dome is black.

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Originally built:


Current lighthouse built:


Height of Tower:

37 metres

Height of light above mean sea level:

36 metres

Character of light:

White every 4 Seconds

Character of fog signal:


Range of light:

10 nautical miles

Owned / run by:

Lafarge Company

Getting there:

located just off a beach about 3 miles east of Dunbar.


Site and tower closed, but can be viewed from nearby public beach.



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Lighthouse Map of Scotland

Featured List of lighthouses - Scotland 

List of minor lighthouses and lights - Scotland  



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