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Publication Account

Date 1996

Event ID 1016200

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type Publication Account


The oldest lighthouse in the Northern Isles, this is a very pleasing stone-built tower some 21m high. It was built in 1789 as a manned light, but in 1809 it was converted into an unlit beacon and the lantern was replaced by a great ball of masonry which had topped the beacon at Start Point, Sanday. The tower survives in good condition externally, but the timber stairs inside have rotted away; the ruins of the original keepers' house may be seen alongside.

Information from ‘Exploring Scotland’s Heritage: Orkney’, (1996).

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