Ardnamurchan Lighthouse

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Ardnamurchan Lighthouse
Àird Nam Murchan
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Ardnamurchan Lighthouse
Ardnamurchan Lighthouse is located in Lochaber
Ardnamurchan Lighthouse
Coordinates56°43′38″N 6°13′34″W / 56.7271°N 6.2260°W / 56.7271; -6.2260Coordinates: 56°43′38″N 6°13′34″W / 56.7271°N 6.2260°W / 56.7271; -6.2260
Year first constructed1849
Constructiongranite tower
Tower shapeCylindrical Tower with balcony and lantern attached to 1-storey keeper's house
Markings / patternunpainted grey tower, black lantern
Tower height36 metres (118 ft)
Focal height55 metres (180 ft)
Range24 nautical miles (44 km; 28 mi)
CharacteristicFl (2) W 20s.
Admiralty numberA4082
NGA number4016
ARLHS numberSCO-005
Managing agentNorthern Lighthouse Board
Heritagecategory A listed building Edit this on Wikidata

Ardnamurchan Lighthouse is a listed 19th century lighthouse, located on Ardnamurchan Point in Lochaber part of the Highland council area of Scotland. The lighthouse with its 36-metre-tall (118 ft), pink granite tower was completed in 1849 to a design by Alan Stevenson.[1][2] It is the only lighthouse in the UK built in the Egyptian style.[3] The light was automated in 1988 and is now operated remotely by the Northern Lighthouse Board from Edinburgh.[2]

The former keepers' cottages and outbuildings are owned by the Ardnamurchan Lighthouse Trust and operated as a visitor centre,[2][4] with a museum called the 'Kingdom of Light' - Rioghachd na Sorcha. Exhibits detail the history and operations of the lighthouse, including access to the restored engine room and workshop with the original fog horn. Other displays include the geology and natural history of the area, and local social history and culture.[3]

The last part of the computer game Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened takes place in this lighthouse.

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  1. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Scotland: Highlands". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Ardnamurchan Lighthouse". Northern Lighthouse Board. Retrieved 18 September 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Ardnamurchan Lighthouse". Ardnamurchan Lighthouse Trust. Retrieved 18 September 2009.
  4. ^ "Ardnamurchan Lighthouse". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 18 September 2009.

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