Eilean Musdile

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Lismore Lighthouse
Eilean Musdile
Eilean Musdile.jpg
The lighthouse on Eilean Musdile looking north from the Oban to Craignure ferry.
Eilean Musdile is located in Highland
Eilean Musdile
Location Eilean Musdile
Firth of Lorn
Coordinates 56°27′20.1″N 5°36′26.6″W / 56.455583°N 5.607389°W / 56.455583; -5.607389Coordinates: 56°27′20.1″N 5°36′26.6″W / 56.455583°N 5.607389°W / 56.455583; -5.607389
Year first constructed 1833
Automated June 1965
Construction masonry tower
Tower shape cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern attached to 1-storey keepe's house
Markings / pattern white tower and lantern, ochre trim
Height 26 metres (85 ft)
Focal height 31 metres (102 ft)
Intensity 71,000 candela
Range 17 miles (27 km)
Characteristic Fl W 10s.
Admiralty number A4170
NGA number 4072
ARLHS number SCO-121
Managing agent

Northern Lighthouse Board[1]


Eilean Musdile (Mansedale) is an islet, and lighthouse to the south west of Lismore in the Inner Hebrides.

The island lies in the entrance to Loch Linnhe, separated from Lismore by a sound ¼ miles across.[3] It is a low-lying rock, ten acres (4 ha) in size,[3] with some grass on it. CalMac ferries pass close to the island on their way from Oban to Mull.

The lighthouse was built by Robert Stevenson in 1833 at a cost of £4260[4] and initially showed a fixed white light.[3] In 1910 most of the Northern Lighthouse Board's lights were changed to dioptric or Fresnel lenses but Lismore and Fidra, in the Firth of Forth, were left as the only remaining purely catoptric lights in the service.[3]

A Standing Stone once stood on the highest point of the island (NM779351). The 9-foot (2.7 m) monolith appears to have recorded the midwinter sunset[clarification needed] and is thought to have been removed during construction of the lighthouse.[5]

The skerry of Lady's Rock lies a short distance to the south west.

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  1. ^ Lismore The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 19 May 2016
  2. ^ Lismore Northern Lighthouse Board. Retrieved 19 May 2016
  3. ^ a b c d "History of Lismore Lighthouse". Northern Lighthouse Board. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  4. ^ "Lismore Lighthouse". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  5. ^ "Eilean Musdile Standing Stone". The Northern Antiquarian. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 

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