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Tayport High Light

aka Tayport West Light


Location Guide


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

This High Light, also known as Tayport West Light, is a private light operated and constructed by the city of Dundee. On the southern entrance to the Firth of Tay. It is still active.

Photo by James Allan

There is a second lighthouse Tayport Low (aka Tayport East) which is usually referred to as the Eastern Lighthouse. Both low and high lighthouses are on the town's Lighthouse Walk, off Albert Street.

Tayport Pile Light

There is also a third light located in the Tay Estuary about 500 metres from Tayport Harbour, it is one of only a few surviving pile lighthouses in the UK, known as Tayport Pile Light. It was built in 1845 and is a lantern on a small, square wooden building on top of wooden piles. It is no longer operational being deactivated around 1960.


Lighthouse information Grid


Tayport High Light, Fife

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Geographic Position:

56 27" 13'   -2 53" 55'

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white conical tower

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Tayport Low Light (Tayport East Light) 

Tayport Pile Light (Old Larick Beacon)

Geograph (West Light)

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Height of Tower:

75 metres

Height of light above mean sea level:

79 metres

Character of light:

Iso W.R.G., 3 seconds (sector light).

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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  



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