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South Walls, Cantick Head Lighthouse

Lighthouse (Period Unassigned)

Site Name South Walls, Cantick Head Lighthouse

Classification Lighthouse (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Hoy; Cantrick Head; South Waas

Canmore ID 9433

Site Number ND38NW 13

NGR ND 34702 89394

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Orkney Islands
  • Parish Walls And Flotta
  • Former Region Orkney Islands Area
  • Former District Orkney
  • Former County Orkney

Archaeology Notes

ND38NW 13.01 HY 34690 89400 Lighthouse Keepers' Cottages

Not to be confused with Ruff of Cantick, Beacon (ND 34786 89773), for which see ND38NW 21.

(Location cited as ND 347 893). Cantick Head Lighthouse, South Walls, completed 1858, engineer Alan Stevenson. A tapering circular-section tower with corbelled walk-way. The keepers' houses have, unusually, ridge roofs.

J R Hume 1977.

See also sale brochure, Knight, Frank and Rutley, June 1991 for text, photograph and other items relating to sale of lightkeepers' houses, filed D 10.1 LIG (S).

Information from RCAHMS 1991, updated 2009.


Construction (1858)

Light established in 1858.

K Allardyce 1998

Modification (1991)

Automated in 1991.

K Allardyce 1998


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