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Covesea Skerries Lighthouse

aka Lossiemouth Lighthouse

Lossiemouth, Morayshire

Location Guide

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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 available for 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 road B9040.


Lighthouse information Grid

Name:

Covesea Skerries Lighthouse, Lossiemouth, Morayshire

Current status:

Working

Geographic Position:

57 43.447'N   003 20.329'W

Grid Reference:

NJ203713

Ceremonial County:

Morayshire

Appearance:

White tower, lantern is black.

Map Link:

Multimap

Aerial photo:

Marinas.com

Other photos:

photo

Originally built:

1846

Current lighthouse built:

 

Height of Tower:

36 metres

Height of light above mean sea level:

49 metres

Character of light:

Flashing White/Red every 20 Secs

Character of fog signal:

 

Range of light:

24 nautical miles

Owned / run by:

Northern Lighthouse Board

Getting there:

From Lossiemouth take the B9040 towards Hopeman, it's along on the right.

Access:

site open, tower closed

Website:

NLB 

Other Useful Websites:

Wikipedia    

Routes: NTS - Self Catering Holiday Accommodation
Other Relevant pages:

For more articles, lists and other information see the Lighthouses Section

Lighthouse Map of Scotland

Featured List of lighthouses - Scotland 

List of minor lighthouses and lights - Scotland  

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