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Ardnamurchan Lighthouse - I

Ardnamurchan Lighthouse is the most westerly lighthouse on the British mainland. The lighthouse was designed by Alan Stevenson, uncle of Robert Louis Stevenson. The tower is 36 metres tall and built out of pink granite from Mull. Commissioned in 1849 it is the only lighthouse in the world designed in an Egyptian style. If you are able to climb the 152 steps and 2 ladders, the view from the lantern is spectacular.

 

Like all Scottish lighthouses, Ardnamurchan Lighthouse is now fully automated and the keepers’ cottages and outbuildings are managed by the Ardnamurchan Lighthouse Trust as a visitor centre. It is also possible to stay in one of the cottages.

 

I am no longer sure if the claim that this is only lighthouse in the world in an Egyptian style is correct. Covesea Skerries Lighthouse, also designed by Alan Stevenson a few years earlier than Ardnamurchan, shows equally strong Egyptian influences.

 

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Taken on July 8, 2008