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Barrel of Butter Lighthouse

Orkney Isles

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Aerial Photo Marinas.com (more images available)

Located on a rock in the north west corner of Scapa Flow about 3 miles southeast of Houton. This and all the Scapa Flow lights are visible from numerous inter-island ferries.

Photo by George Brown

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Barrel of Butter Lighthouse, Orkney Isles

Current status:


Geographic Position:

58 53.427'N   003 07.596'W

Grid Reference:


Ceremonial County:

Orkney Isles


Conical masonry tower, topped by a small platform. No lantern; the light is displayed from a short mast at the top.

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Aerial photo:


Other photos:

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Originally built:


Current lighthouse built:


Height of Tower:

6 metres

Height of light above mean sea level:

6 metres

Character of light:

Flashing (2) white every 10 seconds

Character of fog signal:


Range of light:

7 nautical miles

Owned / run by:

Northern Lighthouse Board

Getting there:

only by boat





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