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Pentland Skerries Lighthouse

Orkney Isles

Location Guide

The Pentland Skerries are small rocky islands obstructing the eastern entrance to Pentland Firth. The lighthouse is located on Muckle Skerry, the largest of the group, about 8 km northeast of Duncansby Head on the mainland and 6 km south of Brough Ness, South Ronaldsay, in the Orkney Isles.

The lighthouse has twin towers 60' apart, originally two light towers, and together with the lightkeepers residence and auxiliary buildings are within a perimeter wall.

Photo by George Brown

It was completed in 1794, and was the first lighthouse built by Robert Stevenson and T Smith. In 1895 one of the light towers was removed and a single more powerful light was installed in the 36 metre tower as seen today.

It became automated in 1994.

Lighthouse information Grid


Pentland Skerries Lighthouse, Orkney Isles

Current status:


Geographic Position:

58 41.408'N  002 55.484'W

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Ceremonial County:

Orkney Isles


White tower with 196 steps to the top of the tower

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Current lighthouse built:


Height of Tower:

36 metres

Height of light above mean sea level:

52 metres

Character of light:

Flashing (3) White every 30 secs

Character of fog signal:


Range of light:

23 nautical miles

Owned / run by:

Northern Lighthouse Board

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