Bound Skerry

Bound Skerry is part of the Out Skerries group in the Shetland Islands. As well as being the most easterly island of that group, it is also the easternmost point of Scotland.

Bound Skerry
Bound Skerry
Bound Skerry shown within Scotland
OS grid referenceHU702719
Coordinates60.43°N 0.72°W / 60.43; -0.72
Physical geography
Island groupOut Skerries Shetland
Area0.05 km²
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Council areaShetland Islands
Bound Skerry Lighthouse
Bound Skerry Lighthouse in 2009
LocationBound Skerry
Out Skerries
Coordinates60.424445°N 0.728064°W / 60.424445; -0.728064
Year first constructed1854 (first)
Year first lit1858 (current)
Constructionmasonry tower
Tower shapecylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / patternwhite tower, black lantern, ochre trim
Tower height30 metres (98 ft)
Focal height44 metres (144 ft)
Range20 nautical miles (37 km; 23 mi)
CharacteristicFl W 20s.
Admiralty numberA3807
NGA number3420
ARLHS numberSCO-164
Managing agentNorthern Lighthouse Board[3][4]

It has a lighthouse on it, which was built in 1857 at a cost of £21,000. Robert Louis Stevenson's family were lighthouse builders, and his signature can be seen in its guestbook.[1] The keepers lived on nearby Grunay.

The island was bombed twice in World War II by the German Luftwaffe, because it was suspected to harbour a munitions factory.[1]

See also


  1. Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7.
  2. Ordnance Survey. OS Maps Online (Map). 1:25,000. Leisure.
  3. Out Skerries The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 29 May 2016
  4. Out Skerries Northern Lighthouse Board. Retrieved 29 May 2016

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