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Blackhead Antrim Lighthouse

Antrim, Northern Ireland

Location Guide

Blackhead Antrim Lighthouse marks the northern extremity of Belfast Lough. It was built on the north shore opposite it's twin on Mew Island, Mew Island Lighthouse.

This octagonal tower was designed by William Douglass, Engineer to the Commissioners of Irish Lights. It was completed in 1902 and was painted red. An explosive fog signal was established at the same time as the light. In 1929 the colour of the tower was changed to white.

Photo by Wilson Adams

From 1965, the explosive fog signal was accompanied by a brilliant flash of light when sounding during the hours of darkness, when it was converted to electric and the intensity of the light was increased. The fog-signal was discontinued in 1972. Since 1975 their have been no Lightkeepers on site.

The light keepers residences are now Holiday Properties with Irish Landmark Trust.

Photo by Brian Kelly


Lighthouse information Grid

Name:

Blackhead Antrim, Northern Ireland

Current status:

Working

Geographic Position:

5446.016' North  00541.338' West

Grid Reference:

J485935

Ceremonial County:

Antrim

Appearance:

Octagonal tower

Map Link:

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Aerial photo:

marinas.com

Other photos:

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Originally built:

1901

Current lighthouse built:

 

Height of Tower:

16 metres

Height of light above mean sea level:

45 metres

Character of light:

Fl W 3s

Character of fog signal:

 

Range of light:

27 nautical miles

Owned / run by:

Commissioners of Irish Lights

Getting there:

 

Access:

 

Website:

CIL

Other Useful Websites:

Holiday Property with Irish Landmark Trust

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