Bound Skerry

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An aerial view of Grunay with Bound Skerry in background
Bound Skerry
Bound Skerry is located in Scotland
Bound Skerry
Bound Skerry
Bound Skerry shown within Scotland
OS grid reference HU702719
Coordinates 60°26′N 0°43′W / 60.43°N 0.72°W / 60.43; -0.72
Physical geography
Island group Out Skerries Shetland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Shetland Islands
Population 0
References [1][2]
Bound Skerry Lighthouse
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Bound Skerry Lighthouse in 2009
Bound Skerry is located in Shetland
Bound Skerry
Location Bound Skerry
Out Skerries
United Kingdom
Coordinates 60°25′28″N 0°43′41″W / 60.424445°N 0.728064°W / 60.424445; -0.728064
Year first constructed 1854 (first)
Year first lit 1858 (current)
Automated 1972
Construction masonry tower
Tower shape cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / pattern white tower, black lantern, ochre trim
Height 30 metres (98 ft)
Focal height 44 metres (144 ft)
Range 20 nautical miles (37 km; 23 mi)
Characteristic Fl W 20s.
Admiralty number A3807
NGA number 3420
ARLHS number SCO-164
Managing agent Northern Lighthouse Board[3][4]

Bound Skerry is part of the Out Skerries group in the Shetland Islands. As well as being the most easterly island of that group, it is also the easternmost point of Scotland.

It has a lighthouse on it, which was built in 1857 at a cost of £21,000. Robert Louis Stevenson's family were lighthouse builders, and his signature can be seen in its guestbook.[1] The keepers lived on nearby Grunay.

The island was bombed twice in World War II by the Germans, who thought it was a munitions factory.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7. 
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey. Get-a-map (Map). 1:25,000. Leisure. Retrieved 21 August 2013. [dead link]
  3. ^ Out Skerries The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 29 May 2016
  4. ^ Out Skerries Northern Lighthouse Board. Retrieved 29 May 2016

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Coordinates: 60°25′29″N 0°43′37″W / 60.42485°N 0.72686°W / 60.42485; -0.72686