Muckle Skerry

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Aerial photograph of Muckle Skerry
Pentland Skerries High Lighthouse
Muckle Skerry
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Pentland Skerries High and Low Lighthouses
Muckle Skerry is located in Orkney Islands
Muckle Skerry
Location Muckle Skerry
Pentland Skerries
United Kingdom
Coordinates 58°41′25″N 2°55′29″W / 58.690221°N 2.924735°W / 58.690221; -2.924735
Year first constructed 1794
Year first lit 1820s rebuilt
Automated 1994
Construction stone tower
Tower shape cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / pattern white tower, black lantern, ochre trim
Height 36 metres (118 ft)
Focal height 52 metres (171 ft)
Light source solar power
Range 23 nautical miles (43 km; 26 mi)
Characteristic Fl (3) W 30s.
Admiralty number A3562
NGA number 3020
ARLHS number SCO-169
Managing agent Northern Lighthouse Board[1][2]

Muckle Skerry is the largest of the Pentland Skerries that lie off the north coast of Scotland. It is home to the Pentland Skerries Lighthouse.

Muckle Skerry lies in the Pentland Firth at grid reference ND464782. It is the westernmost of the skerries. At one kilometre (three-fifths of a mile) long and rising to a height of 20 metres (66 feet) above sea level is sizable enough to be considered an island. However the notoriously bad weather of the firth has historically rendered Muckle Skerry uninhabitable and as such it is more often thought of as a skerry.

Pentland Skerries Lighthouse[edit]

Pentland Skerries Lighthouse was constructed in 1794 by the Commissioners of the Northern Lights. The engineers were Thomas Smith and his stepson Robert Stevenson (this was the first light that Stevenson officially worked on).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Pentland Skerries High The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 26 May 2016
  2. ^ Pentland Skerries Northern Lighthouse Board. Retrieved 26 May 2016

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Coordinates: 58°41′18″N 2°55′35″W / 58.68824°N 2.92631°W / 58.68824; -2.92631