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Also known as the Lossiemouth
Lighthouse, it stands 161ft above water. The Keeper's houses and other light
station buildings are preserved, and the original light keepers residences are
self-catering holiday accommodation.
There were many applications made for a light to
be established at this point along with Tarbet Ness following the loss of 16
vessels during a storm in November 1826. Initially it was agreed to establish a
lighthouse on Craighead, a pyramid of pillars went up in 1845 and in 1846 the
light was shown from this lighthouse. Initially it was surrounded by high walls
to give shelter to the other buildings on site, but this caused 'strong
whirlwinds' and it made it difficult for the lightkeeper to work from his
lookout, so in 1907 a start was made to lower the walls so they had less impact.
It was automated in 1984.
The skerries are small rocky islands
off the south coast of the Moray Firth, but the lighthouse is located on the
mainland near the islands, about 3 miles west of Lossiemouth, just off the coastal
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