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Rubh Re Lighthouse

aka Rua Reidh Lighthouse

Gairloch, Ross-shire

Location Guide


This location guide is partly done, we are currently working on it and it should be completed in the next month.

Photo by Susannah Muldoon

Situated on a remote peninsula in the North-West Scottish Highlands, 13 miles from the village of Gairloch and 3 miles from the nearest dwelling, is Rua Reidh Lighthouse. It was built by a cousin of the author Robert Louis Stevenson in 1910, and is now totally automated.

It's keepers residence has been converted into holiday accommodation. It is available as holiday accommodation either on a Bed and Breakfast per night basis, or alternatively you can rent the whole house for your large group. They also offer guided activity holidays, such as walks, wildlife trips and rock climbing.

There is also a small visitor centre on the wildlife in the surrounding area, history of the lighthouse, vending machine catering and toilets open all year round from 9am-6pm.

Lighthouse information Grid


Rubh Re Lighthouse, Gairloch, Ross-shire

Current status:


Geographic Position:

57 51.527'N   005 48.713'W

Grid Reference:


Ceremonial County:

Ross & Cromarty


White tower with 87 steps to top of tower

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Aerial photo:


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Originally built:


Current lighthouse built:


Height of Tower:

25 metres

Height of light above mean sea level:

37 metres

Character of light:

Flashing (4) White every 15 secs

Character of fog signal:


Range of light:

24 nautical miles

Owned / run by:

Northern Lighthouse Board

Getting there:

From the village of Gairloch go through the village for a mile before turning left by the Police Station onto a road signposted to Melvaig. Continue along this road for 13 miles, the last 3 of these being the private road to the lighthouse which is a narrow winding road.





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