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Esha Ness Lighthouse


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This was the last manned Northern Lighthouse Board major facility designed by a member of the Stevenson family, in the long line of Stevenson-designed lighthouses in Scotland.

A temporary light, on an iron tower, powerful enough to give warning of the Ve Skerries eight and half miles offshore was erected in 1915 on the Eshaness peninsula on the north-west coast of mainland Shetland. This light was torn down after World War One. The current Lighthouse was built in 1929 from concrete because of the unsuitability of local stone. The 37ft tower sits on top of a 200ft cliff.

Eshaness was not totally effective in keeping ships away from the Ve Skerries. A trawler from Aberdeen  wrecking in the area soon after it was build and all hands were lost. Due to the increase in heavy oil-tanker traffic to and from Sullom Voe, in 1979 a lighthouse was built at Ve Skerries,  and Eshaness was used as the construction site for it.

The small keepers quarters was unusual in that it was home to only one keeper, when normally there would be three. It was sold to private owners in 1974 and now operates as self-catering holiday accommodation.

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Esha Ness Lighthouse, Shetland Isles

Current status:


Geographic Position:

60 29.350'N   001 37.680'W

Grid Reference:


Ceremonial County:

Shetland Isles


White square tower with lantern and gallery, rising from 1-storey keeper's house.

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Originally built:


Current lighthouse built:


Height of Tower:

12 metres

Height of light above mean sea level:

61 metres

Character of light:

Flashing White every 12 secs

Character of fog signal:


Range of light:

25 nautical miles

Owned / run by:

Northern Lighthouse Board

Getting there:

Located on the Eshaness Cliffs


Accessible by road (4WD recommended). Site and tower closed, but it can viewed from outside the enclosure.



Other Useful Websites:

Wikipedia       Esha Ness

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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  

Ve Skerries Lighthouse



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Page Ref: Esha Topic: Lighthouses Last Updated: 06/2010


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