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Eilean Glas Lighthouse

aka Scalpay Lighthouse


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This lighthouse is on the island of Scalpay in the Western Isles of Scotland. The owner of Scalpay was approached in 1787 on the prospect of building a lighthouse here. The first lighthouse was built in 1789 and this was later replaced in 1824 by Robert Stevenson.

It was one of the original four lights commissioned by the Commissioners of the Northern Lights, and the first in the Hebrides.

The local community are trying to raise funds to purchase from the existing owners.

Lighthouse information Grid


Eilean Glas Lighthouse, Ross-shire

Current status:


Geographic Position:

57 51.413'N  006 38.515'W

Grid Reference:


Ceremonial County:

Ross & Cromarty


White tower with red bands

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Originally built:


Current lighthouse built:


Height of Tower:

30 metres

Height of light above mean sea level:

43 metres

Character of light:

Flashing (3) White every 20 secs

Character of fog signal:


Range of light:

23 nautical miles

Owned / run by:

Northern Lighthouse Board

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List of minor lighthouses and lights - Scotland  



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