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Sule Skerry, Lighthouse

Lighthouse (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Sule Skerry, Lighthouse

Classification Lighthouse (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 82564

Site Number HX62SW 1

NGR HX 62351 24246

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

HX62SW 1 62351 24246

(Location cited as HY 622 244). Sule Skerry lighthouse, built 1892-4, engineer D Alan Stevenson. A tapering circular-section brick tower on a concrete base, containing keepers' rooms. There are walkways at two levels. The lighthouse is linked to the landing stage by an inclined railway.

J R Hume 1977.

Name: Sule Skerry (1892-5)

Location: N59 05 W4 24 Atlantic, 37 miles NE of Cape Wrath

Designed: D A Stevenson

Built: John Aitken

Light first exhibited: 1895

Description: Circular stone tower, painted white

Height of light above MHW: 112ft (34m)

Height of tower: 89ft (27m)

Light source and characteristics: W Gp Fl (2) ev 15 secs. Acetylene: 65,000 cp: 19nm nominal range

Fog warning apparatus: None

Manning: unwatched (automatic since December 1982), monitored from Northern Lighthouse Board HQ, Edinburgh

Most isolated British lighthouse. Listed

C Nicholson 1995.

This lighthouse is one of the four in Scottish waters over 10 miles from land, the others being Flannan (NA74NW 8.00), Dubh Artach (NM10SW 1) and Bell Rock (NO72NE 1).

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 1 May 2006.

Activities

Construction (1892 - 1894)

Light established in 1895.

K Allardyce and E M Hood 1986

Modification (1982)

Automated in 1982.

K Allardyce and E M Hood 1986

Note (1 May 2006)

This lighthouse is one of the four in Scottish waters over 10 miles from land, the others being Flannan (NA74NW 8.00), Dubh Artach (NM10SW 1) and Bell Rock (NO72NE 1).

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 1 May 2006.

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