Helliar Holm is an uninhabited island off the coast of Shapinsay in the Orkney Islands, Scotland. It is home to a 42-foot-tall (13 m) lighthouse, which was built in 1893 and automated in 1967.[3] It is a tidal island that used to be connected to Shapinsay. It is still possible to walk across from the mainland during very low tides.

Helliar Holm
The West Coast of Helliar Holm low tide on a rainy day and the wave-cut platform is exposed.
The West Coast of Helliar Holm low tide on a rainy day and the wave-cut platform is exposed.
Location
Helliar Holm is located in Orkney Islands
Helliar Holm
Helliar Holm
Helliar Holm shown within Orkney
OS grid referenceHY484153
Coordinates59°01′23″N 2°54′04″W / 59.023°N 2.901°W / 59.023; -2.901
Physical geography
Island groupOrkney
Administration
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
CountryScotland
Council areaOrkney Islands
Demographics
Population0
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Helliar Holm Lighthouse
Saeva Ness
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Saeva Ness lighthouse at the southern end of Helliar Holm
Helliar Holm is located in Orkney Islands
Helliar Holm
Orkney
LocationHelliar Holm
Orkney
Scotland
United Kingdom
Coordinates59°01′08″N 2°54′04″W / 59.018924°N 2.900980°W / 59.018924; -2.900980
Year first constructed1893
Automated1967
Constructionstone tower
Tower shapecylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / patternwhite tower, black lantern, ochre trim
Tower height13 metres (43 ft)
Focal height18 metres (59 ft)
Light sourcesolar power
Rangewhite: 14 nautical miles (26 km; 16 mi)
red: 10 nautical miles (19 km; 12 mi) [1]
CharacteristicFl WRG 10s.
Admiralty number3684
NGA number3236
ARLHS numberSCO-094
Managing agentNorthern Lighthouse Board[2]

The island also has the ruins of a broch, cairn and chapel.[4]

In the Orkneyinga Saga it is referred to as both "Hellisey" and "Eller Holm" [5] and John of Fordun refers to it as "Helene-holm"

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Helliar Holm Light Lighthhouses Explorer. Retrieved 27 May 2016
  2. ^ Helliar Holm The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 27 May 2016
  3. ^ Lighthouse Explorer database
  4. ^ Haswell-Smith, Hamish. (2004) The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh. Canongate.
  5. ^ Anderson, Joseph (Ed.) (1893) Orkneyinga Saga. Translated by Jón A. Hjaltalin & Gilbert Goudie. Edinburgh. James Thin and Mercat Press (1990 reprint). ISBN 0-901824-25-9

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Coordinates: 59°01′23″N 02°54′05″W / 59.02306°N 2.90139°W / 59.02306; -2.90139