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Southerness Lighthouse


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Scotland's second oldest lighthouse is located on the Southerness headland, known as Southerness Point, at the north side of the entrance to Solway Firth.

Scotland's second oldest Lighthouse.

Photo by Anne Burgess

A square tower was built in 1749, on the instructions of Dumfries Town council, as a marker to make sure ships passed safely into the Nith estuary, making it one of the oldest lighthouses in Scotland. It appears on a map of 1753. Modifications took place over a number of years including making it taller in 1795, adding a light for the first time around the 1800's and improving the light around 1815. It was raised for a second time in 1833-44 taking on it's distinctive shape.

The light was switched off in the mid-1930s and the lighthouse is now disused.

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Southerness Lighthouse, Kirkcudbrightshire

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54 52" 19'   -3 35" 44'

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From the A710 take the minor road to Southerness, the lighthouse is at Southerness point at the end.





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