Dunnet Head Lighthouse

Dunnet Head Lighthouse is an active 19th century lighthouse that stands on the 300-foot (91 m) cliff top of Easter Head on Dunnet Head. The lighthouse is 66 feet (20 m) tall and was built in 1831 by Robert Stevenson, grandfather of Robert Louis Stevenson. The lighthouse was automated in 1989, and the keepers were withdrawn. It is now checked remotely by the Northern Lighthouse Board operations centre in Edinburgh.[1][2][3]

Dunnet Head Lighthouse
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The Dunnet Head lighthouse
Locationnorthernmost point of the mainland of Great Britain
Dunnet Head
OS gridND2027376775
Coordinates58°40′17″N 3°22′36″W / 58.671290°N 3.376628°W / 58.671290; -3.376628
Designed byRobert Stevenson Edit this on Wikidata
Constructionmasonry tower
Height20 metres (66 ft)
Shapecylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markingswhite tower, black lantern, ochre trim
Power sourcemains electricity Edit this on Wikidata
OperatorNorthern Lighthouse Board[1][2]
Heritagecategory B listed building Edit this on Wikidata
Focal height105 metres (344 ft)
Range29 nautical miles (54 km; 33 mi)
CharacteristicFl(4) W 30s Edit this on Wikidata

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Rowlett, Russ. "Lighthouses of Scotland: Highlands". The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Dunnet Head Lighthouse". Northern Lighthouse Board. Archived from the original on 8 February 2016. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  3. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "Dunnet Head Lighthouse (8863)". Canmore. Retrieved 7 February 2016.

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Coordinates: 58°40′17″N 3°22′36″W / 58.6713°N 3.3766°W / 58.6713; -3.3766