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Brough of Birsay Lighthouse

Orkney Isles

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A castellated tower lighthouse built by David A Stevenson in 1925, located on a small island just off Brough Head, about half a mile west of Birsay on the north west corner of Orkney Mainland. At only 11 metres high it still sites 52 metres above sea level. Very little is known on the history of this lighthouse. Since 2002 it has been powered by solar power with backup from 4 wind turbines.

The island and lighthouse are only accessible for about 5-6 hours when the tide is low. A concrete path leads across the rocks.

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Brough of Birsay Lighthouse, Orkney Isles

Current status:


Geographic Position:

59 08.214'N  003 20.363'W

Grid Reference:


Ceremonial County:

Orkney Isles


round cylindrical castellated tower with lantern and gallery, attached to a 1 storey equipment room. Lighthouse painted white with buff trim, lantern painted black.

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Originally built:


Current lighthouse built:


Height of Tower:

11 metres

Height of light above mean sea level:

52 metres

Character of light:

Flashing (3) White every 25 Secs

Character of fog signal:


Range of light:

18 nautical miles

Owned / run by:

Northern Lighthouse Board

Getting there:



Site open, tower closed



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List of minor lighthouses and lights - Scotland  



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Page Ref: Birsay Topic: Lighthouses Last Updated: 06/2010


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