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Calf of Man Lighthouses

Isle of Man

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There are 3 small lighthouses together at this location. The Calf of Man is a small island off the southern tip of the Isle of Man. It is a bird sanctuary, but tours are available from Port Erin.

Today's operational Lighthouse is the white one in the middle of the above photo and it was built in 1968. Its octagonal tower sites on one corner of a one storey granite service building.

The other two you can see, Calf of Man Low and Calf of Man High, are the original two lighthouses on this point which were built in 1818, and they are placed so that the line of their lights could point towards Chicken Rock, a submerged rock off this southern tip of the island. They are no longer functional. They were operational for 60 years, until when in 1875 a new lighthouse built on Chicken Rock itself came into operation.

Calf of Man Low is a 15 metre stone tower with lantern and gallery, whilst Calf of Man High is an 18 metre stone tower with lantern and gallery. The two storey keepers houses on both, continued to be used until 1912 when the light keepers left after control of this part of the sea moving to St Mary Port, but they are both now in poor condition. Both of these are now owned by the Manx National Trust.

Lighthouse information Grid


Calf of Man Lighthouse, Isle of Man

Current status:


Geographic Position:

54 03.19'N  004 49.78'W

Grid Reference:


Ceremonial County:

Isle of Man


White 8 sided tower on granite building with 36 steps to the top of the tower.

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Aerial photo:

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Other photos:

photo - 1968 building

photo - calf of man low       photo - calf of man high

Originally built:


Current lighthouse built:


Height of Tower:

11 metres

Height of light above mean sea level:

93 metres

Character of light:

Was Flashing White every 15 Secs

Character of fog signal:

typhoon type

Range of light:

26 nautical miles

Owned / run by:

Northern Lighthouse Board

Getting there:

only by boat


Site open, tower closed.



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Page Ref: IOM_Calf_of_Man Topic: Lighthouses Last Updated: 06/2010


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