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Hoy High Lighthouse

Isle of Graemsay, Orkney Isles

Location Guide

Hoy High Lighthouse Photo by Richard Harvey

This lighthouse is on the Isle of Graemsay in the Orkney Isles. It marks the main channel into the Scapa Flow harbour, and along with other lights in the area, known as range lights, they aid navigation through Hoy Sound.

This lighthouse is located on the northeast point of the island. It was built in 1851 by Alan Stevenson, together with a keepers residence.

In the same year a second light, Hoy Low Light, was built on the north point of the island about 1.4 miles west of this lighthouse. The Hoy Low also has a lighthouse and a 1 storey keepers residence, which was fortified during World War II and is now in private ownership.

You can reach Graemsay on the passenger-only ferry that sails from Stromness pier to Moaness, calling at Graemsay. Once on the island there is a walk of about 1 mile roundtrip to visit the lighthouse.

Hoy High Lighthouse Photo by John Brown

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Hoy High Lighthouse, Isle of Graemsay, Orkney Isles

Current status:


Geographic Position:

58 56" 8'   -3 16" 21'

Grid Reference:


Ceremonial County:

Orkney Isles


round stone tower with lantern and gallery, painted white, lantern painted black. 1 storey keeper's houses and other buildings enclosed by a stone wall.

Map Link:


Aerial photo:

Marinas.com     Hoy Low Lighthouse

Other photos:

Geograph   photo

Originally built:


Current lighthouse built:


Height of Tower:

33 metres

Height of light above mean sea level:

35 metres

Character of light:

Occulting white/red every 8 seconds,

Character of fog signal:


Range of light:

visible for 20 (white) and 16 (red) nautical miles.

Owned / run by:

Northern Lighthouse Board

Getting there:

Passenger ferry from Stromness Pier to Moaness, calling at Graemsay.


Tower closed. Site open with prior permission so that they know someone is coming to have a look around.



Telephone: 07884 017426 and speak to Mick about access to the Lighthouse.
Email: pr@graemsay.org.uk

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