This lighthouse is located on Kirkabister Ness on the southwest
side of the island of Bressay, marking the southern entrance to the harbour of
Lerwick, the principal town of the Shetlands.
Photo by Mike
A complete light station, including a principal
keeper's house, two assistant keeper's houses, engine room, and other buildings
enclosed by a stone wall. It was one of four lighthouses built in Shetland
between 1854 and 1858, designed by Stevenson brothers, David and Thomas,
although David initially
maintaining that building a lighthouse in Shetland waters was impossible, too
dangerous and too expensive, and that any ship who took this route was mad.
In 1995 the buildings, other than the light
tower were sold to the Shetland Amenity Trust. The two assistant keepers houses have been renovated for
overnight accommodation. The principal keepers cottages, self catering
accommodation, and it's adjacent engine room converted to a bunk room. The
engine and radio room is a marine heritage centre.
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