Fife Ness

Fife Ness (Scottish Gaelic: Rubha Fiobha) is a headland forming the most eastern point in Fife. Anciently the area was called Muck Ross, which is a corruption of the Scottish Gaelic Muc-Rois meaning "Headland of the Pigs".[3] It is situated in the area of Fife known as the East Neuk, and forms the muzzle of the dog-like outline of the latter when viewed on a map. Ness is an archaic Norse word meaning "nose".

Fife Ness Lighthouse
Fife Ness Light, August 2008
LocationFife Ness
United Kingdom
Coordinates56.278834°N 2.585789°W / 56.278834; -2.585789
Year first constructed1975
Constructionconcrete building
Tower shapelantern attached to 1-storey building
Markings / patternwhite building
Tower height5 metres (16 ft)
Focal height12 metres (39 ft)
Light sourcemains power
Rangewhite: 21 nautical miles (39 km; 24 mi)
red: 20 nautical miles (37 km; 23 mi)
CharacteristicIso WR 10s.
Admiralty numberA3102
NGA number2612
ARLHS numberSCO-081
Managing agentNorthern Lighthouse Board[1][2]

Fife Ness was home to a Coastguard station until 2012[4] and an important Northern Lighthouse Board lighthouse built in 1975 on project by P. H. Hyslop, warning shipping of the headland and the North Carr shoals. The lighthouse was built to replace the last in a series of lightvessels that guarded the treacherous rocks, as it had proved impossible to build a permanent lighthouse on the rocks themselves.

Fife Ness is also surrounded by the links terrain of Crail Golfing Society.

See also


  1. Fife Ness The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 16 May 2016
  2. Fife Ness Northern Lighthouse Board. Retrieved 16 May 2016
  3. Sibbald, Robert, The History of Fife, p4
  4. "Over and out: Forth coastguard signs off". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 November 2018.

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