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Barra Head Lighthouse

Berneray, Inverness-shire

Location Guide

Photo by Bob Jones

This lighthouse marks the southern entrance to the Sea of the Hebrides. The light station is located on top of vertical cliffs on the narrow western spine of Berneray, southernmost of the Western Isles. Although known as Barra Head lighthouse, it is actually situated at Skate Point, about a mile north-west of Barra Head.

Robert Stevenson used local granite to build the lighthouse above Skate Point in 1833.

From 1931 until the early 1970s, when it was automated, the lighthouse keepers and their families were the only residents on the island. It was converted to

A track leads to the lighthouse from the landing point on the north coast of the island.

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Barra Head Lighthouse, Berneray, Inverness-shire

Current status:


Geographic Position:

56 47.128'N  007 39.220'W

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masonry tower with lantern and gallery, attached to a 1-story keeper's house. Lighthouse painted white, lantern black.

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Aerial photo:

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Originally built:


Current lighthouse built:

Height of Tower:

18 metres

Height of light above mean sea level:

208 metres

Character of light:

Flashing White every 15 seconds

Character of fog signal:

Range of light:

18 nautical miles

Owned / run by:

Northern Lighthouse Board

Getting there:

only by boat


Site open, tower closed



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