Duncansby Head Lighthouse
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Located east of Gohn o' Groats, this light station marks the extreme northern end of Scotland's east coast
and the southeastern entrance to Pentland Firth, which separates the
mainland from the Orkney.
During the First World War, in 1914, a
temporary fog signal was provided at this point, and this became a permanent
fixture after the war. In 1924 a light was erected in a square lantern tower
instead of the traditional round tower. During the Second World War and on
the eve of the invasion of Norway, the lighthouse was machine-gunned by a
German bomber, but no damage was caused and no one was hurt.
In 1968 a high powered radar beacon was
installed, but this has now been replaced by a low power self operating
version. It was automated in 1997.
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