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Clythness Lighthouse

Lybster, Caithness

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A short three-storey tower with a circular lantern and keepers' cottages designed by David Stevenson, was built in 1916 as a wartime measure to fill the gap between the lighthouses at Tarbat Ness and Noss Head.   It is a  white tower with red band and is located on top a cliff about 3 miles north east of Lybster, just off the A99 coastal highway.

The Lightkeepers cottage and other buildings have been privately owned since automation in 1964. It continued to operate after 1964 but was taken out of operation in 2010.

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Clythness Lighthouse, Lybster, Caithness

Current status:

Inactive since 2010

Geographic Position:

58.309467N, 3.212111W

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white conical tower with central red band plus a one storey keepers house

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Originally built:


Current lighthouse built:


Height of Tower:

13 metres

Height of light above mean sea level:


Character of light:

two white flashes every 30 seconds

Character of fog signal:


Range of light:

16 miles

Owned / run by:


Getting there:



site open, tower closed.



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