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Buchan Ness Lighthouse


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This lighthouse marks the easternmost point of the Scottish mainland, although it actually stands on a small island, linked to the mainland by a bridge. Located at Boddam, about 4 miles south of Peterhead, it was built in 1827, the red bands were added in 1907 to show it was a day mark, and it was automated in 1988.

Robert Stevenson, grandfather to the author of Treasure Island, Robert Louis, designed and decided on it's location. John Gibb of Aberdeen was the contractor who built it.

During the Second World War, a drifting mine washed ashore and exploded 50 yards south of the station. No one was injured and the only damage caused was 3 lantern panes cracked, and 12 others broke in the tower, engine room and dwelling houses. Part of the kitchen ceilings and one in the bedroom of the 1st Assistant's house were brought down, locks, hinges and bolts of 4 doors were damaged, 20 slates were also blown off the roof storehouse.

The island became privately owned in 2006, and the new owners have restored the keeper's cottages, and in 2008 they opened the light station for holiday rentals.

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Buchan Ness Lighthouse, Aberdeenshire

Current status:


Geographic Position:

57 28.227'N   001 46.474'W

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Ceremonial County:



White tower with red bands (hand painted on tower 1907),a broad band around the tower and a narrow band round the gallery) with 166 steps to top of tower. Lantern painted black.

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Originally built:


Current lighthouse built:


Height of Tower:

35 metres

Height of light above mean sea level:

40 metres

Character of light:

Flashing White every 5 Secs

Character of fog signal:


Range of light:

28 nautical miles

Owned / run by:

Northern Lighthouse Board

Getting there:

Via a bridge from Boddam onto the island.





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