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South Ronaldsay, Hoxa Head Lighthouse

Lighthouse (Period Unassigned)

Site Name South Ronaldsay, Hoxa Head Lighthouse

Classification Lighthouse (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Scarf Skerry; Scapa Flow; Pentland Firth

Canmore ID 74483

Site Number ND49SW 25

NGR ND 40345 93170

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Orkney Islands
  • Parish South Ronaldsay
  • Former Region Orkney Islands Area
  • Former District Orkney
  • Former County Orkney

Archaeology Notes

ND49SW 25 40345 93170


(Flashing White, Red & Green) [NAT]

OS (GIS) MasterMap, April 2010.


Construction (190)

Light established in 1900; built as an automatic.

K Allardyce 1998

Field Visit (August 1997)

A cast iron, gas-powered lighthouse of 1901 was built to guide ships into Scapa Flow. The superstructure has been removed, leaving a solid concrete plinth, which formed the base. It is located between two WWII searchlight emplacements (see SR24 (i)[ND49SW 27]). It lies 3m from the cliff edge and measures 4.4m by 5.2m. A modern lighthouse, with solar panels, has been built nearby.

Moore and Wilson, 1997

Coastal Zone Assessment Survey


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