Killantringan Lighthouse

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Killantringan Lighthouse in 2016

Killantringan Lighthouse is a lighthouse located near Portpatrick in Dumfries and Galloway, south-west Scotland. The light came into operation in 1900, and served as a waypoint in the North Channel of the Irish Sea. The name Killantringan is derived from 'Cill shaint Ringain' - St Ringan's chapel; Ringan is a mediaeval variation of Ninian.[1] The lighthouse is protected as a category B listed building.[2]


Sanction for the Northern Lighthouse Board to build the lighthouse was granted in 1897. It was designed by David Alan Stevenson.[2] The engineer's report specified a powerful fog signal was also required at the site. The lighthouse entered service on 1 October 1900. The light gave a flashing signal of two flashes in quick succession every ½ minute. When used, the fog signal was 3 blasts: low, low, high in quick succession every 1½ minutes.[3]

The light was automated in 1988, with the fog signal having been discontinued the previous year. Following a comprehensive review of services by the UK's three General Lighthouse Authorities in 2005, it was decided that Killantringan was surplus to requirements - serving primarily as a waypoint. The lighthouse keeper's cottage was sold, but the light itself continues to operate.

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Coordinates: 54°51′43″N 5°08′49″W / 54.861834°N 5.146972°W / 54.861834; -5.146972