Bressay Lighthouse

Bressay Lighthouse is still an active lighthouse in the Shetland Islands, Scotland, 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) south-east of Lerwick. It is located on the island of Bressay at Kirkabister Ness overlooking Bressay Sound.

Bressay Lighthouse
Bressay Lighthouse
Shetland Islands
Coordinates60.120012°N 1.121456°W / 60.120012; -1.121456
Year first constructed1858
Year first lit1858
Deactivated2012 from Northern Lighthouse Board
Constructionmasonry tower
Tower shapecylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / patternwhite tower, black lantern, ochre trim
Tower height16 metres (52 ft)
Focal height32 metres (105 ft)
Range23 nautical miles (43 km; 26 mi)
10 nautical miles (19 km; 12 mi) since 2012
CharacteristicFl (2) W 20s.
Fog signalDisused 1987
Admiralty numberA3776
NGA number3340
ARLHS numberSCO-021
Managing agentfrom 2012 Lerwick Port Authority [1] [2]
Heritagecategory B listed building 


Bressay Lighthouse was one of four lighthouses built in Shetland between 1854 and 1858 which were designed by brothers David Stevenson and Thomas Stevenson. David Stevenson initially maintained that building a lighthouse in Shetland waters was impossible, too dangerous and too expensive, and that any ship's captain who took this route was mad.

The shore station was purchased by the Shetland Amenity Trust in 1995 and has been converted into a Marine Heritage Centre. The fog signal was discontinued in the 1980s. The notable red horn was removed, however, the building that housed the siren is still in place and now houses a radar mast, and the five pressurised air tanks are still in place. The 16m lighthouse itself is inactive and closed to the public, its warning light was replaced in 2012 by an automatic 10-mile LED light which flashes twice, every 20 seconds.

The two assistant lighthouse keepers' cottages are available for short term rental, the principal keeper's cottage is let on a longer term basis.

See also


  1. Bressay The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 28 May 2016
  2. Bressay Northern Lighthouse Board. Retrieved 28 May 2016

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