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Foula Lighthouse

Shetland Isles

Location Guide

Foula, Shetland is said by some to be 'the edge of the world'. It is one of Britain's most remotest islands and is primarily a nature reserve for birds. It is situated 24 miles west of West Burra and about 20 miles west of the Shetland mainland and is accessible by ferry, although this is dependent on weather conditions.

The lighthouse is located at the south point of the island, accessible via a hiking trail.

It was built as a gas powered major light in 1986 and has never been manned. It was built because of the increase in oil tanker traffic using the west coast route, other lights at other points were also established at the same time. Since 2000 it has been powered by 36 solar powered panels although this is backed up with 4 small wind generators.

It was the last major lighthouse to be built on the Shetland Isles.

Lighthouse information Grid


Foula Lighthouse, Shetland Isles

Current status:


Geographic Position:

60 06.757'N   002 03.875'W

Grid Reference:


Ceremonial County:

Shetland Isles


White metal tower with lantern and gallery.

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Aerial photo:


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Originally built:


Current lighthouse built:


Height of Tower:

8 metres

Height of light above mean sea level:

36 metres

Character of light:

Flashing (3) White every 15 Secs

Character of fog signal:


Range of light:

18 nautical miles

Owned / run by:

Northern Lighthouse Board

Getting there:

via ferry


Site open, tower closed



Other Useful Websites:

Foula Heritage    Wikipedia

Other Relevant pages:

For more articles, lists and other information see the Lighthouses Section

Lighthouse Map of Scotland

Featured List of lighthouses - Scotland 

List of minor lighthouses and lights - Scotland  

Foula, Shetland



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