Dunnet Head Lighthouse

Dunnet Head Lighthouse is an active 19th century lighthouse that stands on the 300-foot (91 m) cliff top of Easter Head on Dunnet Head. The lighthouse is 66 feet (20 m) tall and was built in 1831 by Robert Stevenson, grandfather of Robert Louis Stevenson. The lighthouse was automated in 1989, and the keepers were withdrawn. It is now checked remotely by the Northern Lighthouse Board operations centre in Edinburgh.[3][4][5]

Dunnet Head Lighthouse
The Dunnet Head lighthouse
Locationnorthernmost point of the mainland of Great Britain
Dunnet Head
Coordinates58.671290°N 3.376628°W / 58.671290; -3.376628
Year first constructed1831
Constructionmasonry tower
Tower shapecylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / patternwhite tower, black lantern, ochre trim
Tower height20 metres (66 ft)
Focal height105 metres (344 ft)
Light sourcemains power
Range29 nautical miles (54 km; 33 mi)
CharacteristicFl(4) 30s 
Admiralty numberA3574
NGA number3040
ARLHS numberSCO-063
Managing agentNorthern Lighthouse Board[1][2]
Heritagecategory B listed building 

See also


  1. Dunnet Head Archived 3 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 10 May 2016
  2. Dunnet Head Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine Northern Lighthouse Board. Retrieved 10 May 2016
  3. Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Scotland: Highlands". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  4. "Dunnet Head Lighthouse". Northern Lighthouse Board. Archived from the original on 8 February 2016. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  5. Historic Environment Scotland. "Dunnet Head Lighthouse (8863)". Canmore. Retrieved 7 February 2016.

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