Ushenish Lighthouse

The Ushenish Lighthouse is an active lighthouse located in South Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland.

Ushenish Lighthouse
Ushenish Light
Outer Hebrides
LocationSouth Uist
Outer Hebrides
Coordinates57°17′54.2″N 7°11′34.0″W
Year first constructed1857
Constructionmasonry tower
Tower shapecylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / patternwhite tower, black lantern, ochre trim
Tower height12 metres (39 ft)
Focal height54 metres (177 ft)
Light sourcemains power
Range19 nautical miles (35 km; 22 mi)
CharacteristicFl WR 20s.
Admiralty numberA4004
NGA number3900
ARLHS numberSCO-249
Managing agentNorthern Lighthouse Board[1] [2]


Ushenish Lighthouse was designed by engineers, David and Thomas Stevenson. Established in 1857, it incorporated a new 'condensing' apparatus developed by Thomas Stevenson as an improvement to the dioptric system. The lighthouse was automated in 1970, one of the first major automatic lights. The gas-operated Dalen beacon was monitored from Neist Point Lighthouse, on Skye.[3]

See also


  1. Ushenish The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 21 May 2016
  2. Ushenish Northern Lighthouse Board. Retrieved 21 May 2016
  3. "South Uist, Ushenish Lighthouse". Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. Retrieved 16 January 2011.

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