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Neist Point Sunset - Explore No.44 - 16.02.2019 | by muddybootsuk
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Neist Point Sunset - Explore No.44 - 16.02.2019

One of the locations from my recent 5 day phototrip up to the Isle of Skye in Scotland with Geoff Moore, Pete Rowbottom and Mark Waidson was to Neist Point lighthouse.

 

The lighthouse is located on a promontory to the far West of the island. It is quite a dramatic setting and is on the edge of some very high sea cliffs. The lighthouse was built and first lit in 1909 by the Northern Lighthouse Board. It was fully automated in 1990. The path which leads to the lighthouse from the car park is 3/4 mile long and like a roller coaster. In fact, supplies for the lighthouse were winched down a cableway adjacent to the carpark and then carried to the lighthouse, thus avoiding the numerous steep steps.

 

The location was very blustery and with high wind speed. So much so, that Geoff's camera was blown over on its tripod not too far from where this was taken. Fortunately, no damage occurred, although it did make an odd buzzing noise for a couple of days!

 

The island in silhouette on the horizon, and to the left of the lighthouse is Barra, one of the southern islands of the Outer Hebrides, and is the only airport in the world where scheduled flights land and take off from the beach.

 

The vlog to accompany this part of the trip can be found here on YouTube - youtu.be/NA20cstSOSM

 

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Taken on February 1, 2019