Font Size

100% 150% 200%

Background Colour

Default Contrast
Close Reset

We have updated our mapping software and are trying out some new background mapping layers. Please let us know what you think by clicking here.

Sanday, Start Point Lighthouse, Steading

Farmstead (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Sanday, Start Point Lighthouse, Steading

Classification Farmstead (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Start Point Lighthouse Steading

Canmore ID 118208

Site Number HY74SE 20.02

NGR HY 78629 43469

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


Ordnance Survey licence number 100057073. All rights reserved.
Canmore Disclaimer. © Copyright and database right 2019.

Toggle Aerial | View on large map

Digital Images

Administrative Areas

  • Council Orkney Islands
  • Parish Lady
  • Former Region Orkney Islands Area
  • Former District Orkney
  • Former County Orkney

Archaeology Notes

HY74SE 20.02 78629 43469.

These farm buildings are of linear form, including pigsties with a single-pitch roof, a gable-ended barn with corn-drying kiln and fuel store, and an attached stable or byre. There is a further freestanding gable-ended shed to the S.

Information from RCAHMS (SS), 19 January 2006.


Field Visit (1999)

An unlit beacon was built at Start Point in 1802 for the purpose of warning off ships which otherwise might be lured by the light on North Ronaldsay into straying too far to the east and the low-lying coast of Sanday. The beacon was topped by a large ashlar ball, later reused as a beacon at Dennis Head, North Ronaldsay. In 1806, it was fitted with the first revolving light in Scotland. Rebuilt in 1870, the 21m high brick tower was later painted in striking vertical stripes of black and white. It went to automatic in 1962 and is now a listed building. The original two-storied keepers cottages survive and are currently under renovation. To the south side of the lighthouse complex, a farmstead, of traditional design and construction, which incorporates a corn-drying kiln (surveyed) is now ruinous.

Coastal Zone Assessment Survey, 1999


MyCanmore Image Contributions

Contribute an Image

MyCanmore Text Contributions