Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Local Authority
Shetland Islands
Planning Authority
Shetland Islands
HP 60666 19679
460666, 1219679


David and Thomas Stevenson, 1858, with late 19th century additions. Rock lighthouse complex of harled brick comprising short battered circular tower corbelled out to balcony with cast-iron handrail circumventing domed metal lantern; single storey flat-roofed square accommodation building adjoining to E, fog horn house adjacent to S enclosed by boundary wall with entrance gate to E accessed from sea by straight flight of steps incised into rock; W boundary wall extends S terminated adjacent to single storey rectangular outbuilding with flat roof and chimney.

Statement of Special Interest

Built of brick for ease of transport, the light was constructed after bitter argument between the Commissioners of Northern Lighthouses and the Board of Trade (Trinity House). On David Stevenson's advice, the Commissioners had advised against such a wild site, but worried that war in the Crimea might spread to northern seas, Trinity House insisted that the Commissioners' "eminent engineer" would overcome any difficulties.



Mike Finnie SHETLAND (1990) p77.

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