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Dubh Artach Lighthouse


Location Guide


This location guide is partly done, we are currently working on it and it should be completed in the next month.

Located on a rock southwest of Mull and southeast of Skerryvore. Accessible only by helicopter.

The construction of the Dubh Artach lighthouse in the Irish Sea, off the west coast of Scotland, was overseen by Robert Louis Stevenson's father, Thomas.  It is thought that this island was his inspiration for his novel 'Kidnapped'.

The lighthouse has a tower which stand 145ft tall and was erected between 1867 and 1872, with a shore station constructed on the isle of Erraid. This rock can get extraordinary weather conditions with waves of 92ft or more, despite this several lighthouse keepers severed for lengthy periods until 1971 when it was automated.

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Dubh Artach, Argyllshire

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Geographic Position:

56 07.946'N   006 38.079'W

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Grey granite tower with a broad Red band

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Height of Tower:

38 metres

Height of light above mean sea level:

44 metres

Character of light:

Flashing 2 White every 30 secs

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Range of light:

20 nautical miles

Owned / run by:

Northern Lighthouse Board

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Lighthouse Map of Scotland

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List of minor lighthouses and lights - Scotland  



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