Rinns of Islay

The Rinns of Islay (Scottish Gaelic: Na Roinn Ìleach; alternative English spelling Rhinns of Islay) is an area on the west of the island of Islay in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland.

Rinns of Islay Lighthouse
Orsay Lighthouse
Argyll and Bute
LocationOrsay Isle
Inner Hebrides
United Kingdom
Coordinates55.673122°N 6.513112°W / 55.673122; -6.513112
Year first constructed1825
Constructionmasonry tower
Tower shapecylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / patternwhite tower, black lantern, ochre trim
Tower height29 metres (95 ft)
Focal height46 metres (151 ft)
Light sourcesolar power
Intensity600.000 candela
Range24 nautical miles (44 km; 28 mi)
CharacteristicFl W 5s.
Admiralty numberA4256
NGA number4232
ARLHS numberSCO-184
Managing agentNorthern Lighthouse Board[1][2]
HeritageSite of Special Scientific Interest 
Official nameRinns of Islay
Designated25 April 1990
Reference no.466[3]

It is a peninsula that is attached to the main body of the island by a narrow isthmus towards its northern end. The main population centres are Port Charlotte and Portnahaven, based on the A847 that runs along its eastern coast.

It is designated a Special Protection Area due to its importance for a number of breeding and wintering birds, particularly Greenland white-fronted goose and chough. The significance of the area owes much to its wide variety of habitats including bog, moorland, dune grassland, maritime grassland, marsh and extensively-farmed agricultural land.

The Rinns of Islay lighthouse is located on the island of Orsay.

The Rhinns complex, a deformed igneous complex that is considered to form the basement to the Colonsay Group of metasedimentary rocks takes its name from the Rhinns of Islay.

See also


  1. Rinns of Islay The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 20 May 2016
  2. Rinns of Islay Northern Lighthouse Board. Retrieved 20 May 2016
  3. "Rinns of Islay". Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 25 April 2018.

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