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Butt of Lewis Lighthouse

Isle of Lewis, Ross-shire

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This lighthouse is located at the northernmost tip of the island of Lewis in the Western Isles, about 3 miles northwest of Port Ness, where it is reputed to be the windiest place in the UK (Guinness Book of Records). It was built in 1862 by David Stevenson.

In the lightroom there is a plaque indicating that the present equipment was installed in 1905. It was then electrified in 1976. It was manned by 3 keepers who lived in the station with their families. In the 1930's it became a radio link for the Flannan Islands Lighthouses, and continued to function until 1971 when the Flannans were automated.

Unusually this lighthouse tower has not been painted, still keeping it's red brick exterior. On top of the lantern housing today are some antennas for the Differential Global Positioning Service (DGPS).

This was one of the last Scottish lighthouses to be automated, in 1998.

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Butt of Lewis Lighthouse, Isle of Lewis, Ross-shire

Current status:


Geographic Position:

58 30.940'N  006 15.717'W

Grid Reference:


Ceremonial County:

Ross & Cromarty


Red Brick tower with 168 steps to the top of the tower. 2-storey keeper's house and other light station buildings.

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Originally built:


Current lighthouse built:


Height of Tower:

37 metres

Height of light above mean sea level:

52 metres

Character of light:

Flashing White every 5 Secs

Character of fog signal:


Range of light:

25 nautical miles

Owned / run by:

Northern Lighthouse Board

Getting there:

Ferries take you to the Isle of Lewis and then by road.


Accessible by road. Site open, tower closed.



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Lighthouse Map of Scotland

Featured List of lighthouses - Scotland 

List of minor lighthouses and lights - Scotland  

Flannan Islands Lighthouses



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