Rattray Head

Rattray Head (listen ),[1] historically Rattray Point, is a headland in Buchan, Aberdeenshire, on the north-east coast Scotland. To north lies Strathbeg Bay and Rattray Bay is to its south. The dunes at Rattray Head beach can be up to 75 feet (23 m) high and stretch 17 miles (27 km) from St Combs to Peterhead.[2][3]

Rattray Head lighthouse

Rattray Head Lighthouse
Rattray Head Lighthouse
LocationRattray Head
Coordinates57.610123°N 1.816557°W / 57.610123; -1.816557
Year first constructed1895
Foundationgranite basement
Constructionbrick tower
Tower shapecylindrical tower with balcony and lantern on a conical frustum basement
Markings / patternunpainted basement, white tower, black lantern
Tower height34 metres (112 ft)
Focal height28 metres (92 ft)
Light sourcesolar power
Intensity156,000 candela
Range24 nautical miles (44 km; 28 mi)
CharacteristicFl (3) W 30s.
Fog signal2 blasts every 45s.
Admiralty numberA3304
NGA number2776
ARLHS numberSCO-179
Managing agentRattray Head B&B and Ratty's Tearoom [4][5]

The 120-foot (37 m)[2][3] Rattray Head lighthouse was built in 1895.[6][7] It was built by the engineers and brothers David Alan Stevenson and Charles Alexander Stevenson. In February 1982 it became unmanned and self-working.[2][3]

The lighthouse is accessible by way of a causeway that is usually underwater and only visible at low tide. It is wide enough for a vehicle to cross.

Remains of several shipwrecks can still be seen on the beach.[2][3]

See also


  1. The Online Scots Dictionary
  2. "Rattray Head Travel Guide". World 66. Retrieved 6 July 2007.
  3. Stanley Bruce (2005). The Bard O' Buchan Vol 1'. Bard Books. ISBN 0-9547960-2-0.
  4. Rattray Head The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 11 May 2016
  5. Rattray Head Northern Lighthouse Board. Retrieved 11 May 2016
  6. The lighthouse Archived 2 November 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  7. Rattray Head Lighthouse Archived 21 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine

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