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Ve Skerries Lighthouse

Shetland Isles

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The Ve Skerries are very dangerous rocks off Papa Stour island. This low lying reef is located some 3 miles North West of Papa Stour off the west coast of Shetland.

The Lighthouse was built on the small island of Ormal and lit in 1979, replacing the lighted buoy which had marked this position previously.

The structure of the tower is founded on the rock surface but is anchored by 18 post tensioned bars 40mm diameter into two rings. The outer ring contains 12 bars which are anchored 5 metres into the rock and the inner ring has 6 bars anchored 3 metres into the rock. Each bar is stressed to a load of 92 tonnes. The construction site was based at the Esha Ness Lighthouse.  

The light is powered by batteries which are replaced annually. A lighthouse vessel visits once a year, usually in June. However there is a helicopter pad situated on the rock near the tower.

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Ve Skerries Lighthouse, Shetland Isles

Current status:


Geographic Position:

60 22.372'N  001 48.799'W

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Ceremonial County:

Shetland Isles


White concrete tower

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Originally built:

Current lighthouse built:


Height of Tower:

16 metres

Height of light above mean sea level:

17 metres

Character of light:

Flashing White every 20 seconds

Character of fog signal:

Range of light:

11 nautical miles

Owned / run by:

Northern Lighthouse Board

Getting there:

6 miles northwest of Melby


Site and tower closed. Only by boat



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