Bressay Lighthouse

Bressay Lighthouse is still an active lighthouse in the Shetland Islands, Scotland, 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) south-east of Lerwick. It is located on the island of Bressay at Kirkabister Ness overlooking Bressay Sound.[1][2]

Bressay Lighthouse
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LocationBressay, Shetland Islands, Kirkabister Ness, United Kingdom Edit this at Wikidata
OS gridHU4892337593
Coordinates60°07′12″N 1°07′17″W / 60.12°N 1.12152°W / 60.12; -1.12152
Constructed1858 Edit this on Wikidata
Built byDavid Stevenson, Thomas Stevenson Edit this on Wikidata
Constructionmasonry (tower) Edit this on Wikidata
Automated1998 Edit this on Wikidata
Height16 m (52 ft) Edit this on Wikidata
Shapecylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markingswhite (tower), black (lantern), ochre (trim) Edit this on Wikidata
OperatorNorthern Lighthouse Board (–2012), Lerwick Port Authority (2012–) Edit this on Wikidata
Heritagecategory B listed building Edit this on Wikidata
Fog signalDisused 1987
First lit31 August 1858 Edit this on Wikidata
Deactivated2012 Edit this on Wikidata
Focal height32 m (105 ft) Edit this on Wikidata
Range23 nmi (43 km; 26 mi), 10 nmi (19 km; 12 mi) Edit this on Wikidata
CharacteristicFl(2) W 20s Edit this on Wikidata


Bressay Lighthouse was one of four lighthouses built in Shetland between 1854 and 1858 which were designed by brothers David Stevenson and Thomas Stevenson. David Stevenson initially maintained that building a lighthouse in Shetland waters was impossible, too dangerous and too expensive, and that any ship's captain who took this route was mad.

The shore station was purchased by the Shetland Amenity Trust in 1995 and has been converted into a Marine Heritage Centre. The fog signal was discontinued in the 1980s. The notable red horn was removed, however, the building that housed the siren is still in place and now houses a radar mast, and the five pressurised air tanks are still in place. The 16m lighthouse itself is inactive and closed to the public, its warning light was replaced in 2012 by an automatic 10-mile LED light which flashes twice, every 20 seconds.

The two assistant lighthouse keepers' cottages are available for short term rental, the principal keeper's cottage is let on a longer-term basis.

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  1. ^ Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Scotland: Shetland". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  2. ^ Bressay Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine Northern Lighthouse Board. Retrieved 28 May 2016

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