Toward Point

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Toward Point is the southern extremity of the Cowal Peninsula, near the village of Toward and six miles south of Dunoon, Argyll and Bute, Scotland. There has been a lighthouse here since 1812. The location is the south-west extreme point of the Highland Boundary Fault as it crosses the Scottish mainland.[1]


Toward Point Lighthouse
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Toward Point Lighthouse and Foghorn Building
LocationCowal Peninsula
Coordinates55°51′37″N 4°58′41″W / 55.86028°N 4.97806°W / 55.86028; -4.97806Coordinates: 55°51′37″N 4°58′41″W / 55.86028°N 4.97806°W / 55.86028; -4.97806
Year first lit1812
ConstructionWhite circular tower
Range22 nautical miles
CharacteristicFl. W 10sec
Heritagecategory B listed building Edit this on Wikidata

Toward Point Lighthouse was completed in 1812. It was built by Robert Stevenson (1772–1850) for the Cumbrae Lighthouse Trust.[2] Two lighthouse keepers' houses were added in the later 1800s. A white building on the foreshore housed the foghorn mechanism, originally a steam engine and then diesel engines. The foghorn was taken out of operation in the 1990s.[3] Today the buildings are a private home and not open to the public.

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  1. ^ MacNair, Peter (29 November 2012). Argyllshire and Buteshire. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 5. ISBN 978-1107657526.
  2. ^ Ritchie, James Neil Graham; Harman, Mary (1996). Argyll and the Western Isles. Exploring Scotland's Heritage. Seven Hills Books. p. 72. ISBN 9780114952877.
  3. ^ "Toward Lighthouse". Photographers Resource. Retrieved 16 January 2011.

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