Butt of Lewis Lighthouse

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Butt of Lewis Lighthouse
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Butt of Lewis Lighthouse
LocationButt of Lewis
Outer Hebrides
OS gridNB5197066483
Coordinates58°30′55.7″N 6°15′39.2″W / 58.515472°N 6.260889°W / 58.515472; -6.260889
Built byDavid Stevenson Edit this on Wikidata
Constructionbrick tower
Height37 metres (121 ft)
Shapetapered cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markingsbrick unpainted tower, black lantern, ochre trim
OperatorNorthern Lighthouse Board[1] [2]
Heritagecategory A listed building Edit this on Wikidata
Focal height52 metres (171 ft)
Range25 nautical miles (46 km; 29 mi)
CharacteristicFl W 5s.

Butt of Lewis Lighthouse, designed by David Stevenson, was built at Butt of Lewis to aid shipping in the 1860s. Unusual for a lighthouse in Scotland, it is constructed of red brick, and is unpainted. The station was automated in 1998, one of the last to be converted. A modern differential GPS base station has now been sited on a nearby hill to further aid navigation. This hill was also the site for a Lloyd's Signal Station from the 1890s.

The road to the lighthouse passes a sheltered cove called Port Stoth. Agricultural lazy beds are also visible along the coast. The Butt of Lewis features some of the oldest rocks in Europe, having been formed in the Precambrian period up to 3000 million years ago.[citation needed] Following the coast southwest from the lighthouse there is a natural arch called the "Eye of the Butt" (Scottish Gaelic: Toll a’ Ròigh). It can be best viewed from the Habost machair.

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  1. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Scotland: Western Isles". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  2. ^ Butt of Lewis Northern Lighthouse Board. Retrieved 18 May 2016

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