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Treasured Places

Date 6 July 2007

Event ID 546246

Category Descriptive Accounts

Type Treasured Places


The lighthouse on Kinnaird Head was built on the site of the 16th century Kinnaird Castle by the engineer Thomas Smith. When lit on 1st December 1787, it was the first lighthouse in northern Scotland. The lantern chamber is located at the top of the four-storey structure, and the bank of whale-oil lamps it contained were visible for up to fourteen miles.

The lighthouse has been superseded by an automatic light which operates beside the original structure. It is now open to the public as part of the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses.

Information from RCAHMS (SC) 6 July 2007

Shepherd, I 1986

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