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Rinns of Islay Lighthouse

Orsay, Argyllshire

Location Guide


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

Photo by Mary and Angus Hogg

Built by Robert Stevenson in 1825. The Rinns of Islay Lighthouse is on the Isle of Orsay, across an inlet from the fishing village of Portnahaven

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Rinns of Islay Lighthouse, Orsay, Argyllshire

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Geographic Position:

55 40.390'N   006 30.812'W

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White tower with 131 steps to the top of tower

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Originally built:


Current lighthouse built:


Height of Tower:

29 metres

Height of light above mean sea level:

46 metres

Character of light:

Flashing White every 5 secs

Character of fog signal:


Range of light:

24 nautical miles

Owned / run by:

Northern Lighthouse Board

Getting there:

Ferry to Port Ellen, then A846 to Brigend onto the A847 go down the long finger of the Rinns Peninsula, the road will end in Portnahaven. 


If you want to inspect the lighthouse closely, you'll need to find a local fisherman to take you the 10 minutes across the inlet to Orsay.



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