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Waternish Lighthouse

The Northern Light Board refer to this a Vaternish

Isle of Skye, Inverness-shire

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Located at the northwestern point of the Isle of Skye on the tip of the Waternish peninsula at Waternish Point. Accessible by walking from the end of the road near Trumpan.

The Northern Lighthouse Board refer to this lighthouse as Vaternish. The NLB have operated gas powered systems for more than 100 years, these were the first automatic lights in Scotland. In general they were installed where a low range, less than 10 miles was required. A local attendant ensured that the gas supply was available and that the gas mantle was in good condition, and therefore the light was working.

The structure of the lighthouse, built in 1980, consists of a concrete base, aluminium lightroom and a GRP roof. This lighthouse was selected in 2001 for solarisation and modernisation, hence the solar panels you can see on the side.

Photo by Richard Dorrell

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Waternish Lighthouse, Isle of Skye, Inverness-shire

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57 36.484'N  006 38.049'W

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Height of light above mean sea level:

20 metres

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Flashing every 20 seconds

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Range of light:

8 nautical miles

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Northern Lighthouse Board

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