Helliar Holm

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Helliar Holm
The West Coast of Helliar Holm low tide on a rainy day and the wave-cut platform is exposed.
The West Coast of Helliar Holm low tide on a rainy day and the wave-cut platform is exposed.
Location
Helliar Holm is located in Orkney Islands
Helliar Holm
Helliar Holm
Helliar Holm shown within Orkney
OS grid reference HY484153
Coordinates 59°01′23″N 2°54′04″W / 59.023°N 2.901°W / 59.023; -2.901
Physical geography
Island group Orkney
Administration
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Orkney Islands
Demographics
Population 0
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Helliar Holm Lighthouse
Saeva Ness
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Saeva Ness lighthouse at the southern end of Helliar Holm
Helliar Holm is located in Orkney Islands
Helliar Holm
Orkney
Location Helliar Holm
Orkney
Scotland
United Kingdom
Coordinates 59°01′08″N 2°54′04″W / 59.018924°N 2.900980°W / 59.018924; -2.900980
Year first constructed 1893
Automated 1967
Construction stone tower
Tower shape cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / pattern white tower, black lantern, ochre trim
Height 13 metres (43 ft)
Focal height 18 metres (59 ft)
Light source solar power
Range white: 14 nautical miles (26 km; 16 mi)
red: 10 nautical miles (19 km; 12 mi) [1]
Characteristic Fl WRG 10s.
Admiralty number 3684
NGA number 3236
ARLHS number SCO-094
Managing agent Northern Lighthouse Board[2]

Helliar Holm is an uninhabited island off the coast of Shapinsay in the Orkney Islands, Scotland. It is home to a 42-foot-tall (13 m) lighthouse, which was built in 1893 and automated in 1967.[3] It is a tidal island that used to be connected to Shapinsay. It is still possible to walk across from the mainland during very low tides.

The island also has the ruins of a broch, cairn and chapel.[4]

In the Orkneyinga Saga it is referred to as both "Hellisey" and "Eller Holm" [5] and John of Fordun refers to it as "Helene-holm"

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  1. ^ Helliar Holm Light Lighthhouses Explorer. Retrieved 27 May 2016
  2. ^ Helliar Holm The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 27 May 2016
  3. ^ Lighthouse Explorer database
  4. ^ Haswell-Smith, Hamish. (2004) The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh. Canongate.
  5. ^ Anderson, Joseph (Ed.) (1893) Orkneyinga Saga. Translated by Jón A. Hjaltalin & Gilbert Goudie. Edinburgh. James Thin and Mercat Press (1990 reprint). ISBN 0-901824-25-9

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Coordinates: 59°01′23″N 02°54′05″W / 59.02306°N 2.90139°W / 59.02306; -2.90139