Eilean Musdile

Eilean Musdile (Mansedale) is an islet, and lighthouse to the south west of Lismore in the Inner Hebrides.

Lismore Lighthouse
Eilean Musdile
The lighthouse on Eilean Musdile from the Oban to Craignure ferry.
LocationEilean Musdile
Firth of Lorn
Coordinates56°27′20.1″N 5°36′26.6″W
Year first constructed1833
AutomatedJune 1965
Constructionmasonry tower
Tower shapecylindrical tower with balcony and lantern attached to 1-storey keepe's house
Markings / patternwhite tower and lantern, ochre trim
Tower height26 metres (85 ft)
Focal height31 metres (102 ft)
Intensity71,000 candela
Range17 miles (27 km)
CharacteristicFl W 10s.
Admiralty numberA4170
NGA number4072
ARLHS numberSCO-121
Managing agentNorthern Lighthouse Board[1][2]

The island lies in the entrance to Loch Linnhe, separated from Lismore by a sound ¼ miles across.[3] It is a low-lying rock, ten acres (4.0 hectares) in size,[3] with some grass on it. CalMac ferries pass close to the island on their way from Oban to Mull.

The lighthouse was built by Robert Stevenson in 1833 at a cost of £4260[4] and initially showed a fixed white light.[3] In 1910 most of the Northern Lighthouse Board's lights were changed to dioptric or Fresnel lenses but Lismore and Fidra, in the Firth of Forth, were left as the only remaining purely catoptric lights in the service.[3]

A Standing Stone once stood on the highest point of the island (NM779351). The 9-foot (2.7 m) monolith appears to have recorded the midwinter sunset and is thought to have been removed during construction of the lighthouse.[5]

The skerry of Lady's Rock lies a short distance to the south west.

See also


  1. Lismore The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 19 May 2016
  2. Lismore Northern Lighthouse Board. Retrieved 19 May 2016
  3. "History of Lismore Lighthouse". Northern Lighthouse Board. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
  4. "Lismore Lighthouse". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
  5. "Eilean Musdile Standing Stone". The Northern Antiquarian. Retrieved 1 November 2008.

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