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Chanonry Lighthouse


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Channory Lighthouse was originally a 'one-man' station and is situated on the Black Isle, south of Rosemarkie, between Channory Point and Fort George.  It was built by Alan Stevenson and was operational in 1846 and it was automated in 1984 and now privately owned.

This is in an area known as Chanonry Ness which is a sharp point at the end of a sandy spit projecting southward into the Moray Firth at the beginning of the approach to Inverness. It is also said to be one of the best sports to view Bottlenose Dolphins from the land. They are often visible, particularly on an incoming tide when they play and fish in the strong currents.

Photo by Sam Pitcher

The dolphins are a regular feature throughout the year, but your chances of seeing them are increased when their food supply increases, when salmon are returning to their spawning grounds up to rivers that join here. Pick days with midday low tides or the larges difference between low and high tide. Midsummer offer the best light for photography from late afternoon onwards, a good 200mm or 300mm lens should be good enough to get good closeups and images like the one above. This area has been featured on many TV programmes, including BBC Coast, Springwatch and others, so it is popular with visitors.

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Chanonry Lighthouse, Inverness-shire

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Geographic Position:

57 34.441'N  004 05.567'W

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White tower with 48 steps to the top of tower, rising from one storey keeper's house.

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Current lighthouse built:

Height of Tower:

13 metres

Height of light above mean sea level:

12 metres

Character of light:

Occulting White every 6 Secs

Character of fog signal:

Range of light:

15 nautical miles

Owned / run by:

Northern Lighthouse Board

Getting there:

Located at the end of Ness Road 1.5 miles southeast of Fortrose. Can drive, but busy in peak times, access is a short walk round to the point following the path between two cottages. Alternatively from Rosemarkie there is a path that arrives at the point.


Privately owned, not open to public. Can be seen from road, bath and beach. Limited parking at the point itself.



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