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Date Added
Local Authority
Shetland Islands
Planning Authority
Shetland Islands
HU 70135 71853
470135, 1171853


David and Thomas Stevenson, 1857-8. 7-stage lighthouse tower of circular plan, tapering to lantern. Bull-faced ashlar base with smooth-rendered finish to tower walls and margins, all painted. Recessed ladder accessing deeply recessed door to W side; narrow window to each stage above (wider at 2nd floor), band course below balcony corbelled out to cast iron handrail surrounding upper stage comprising cylindrical murette with portholes and door; cast-iron cleaning path around lantern above with triangular-pane glazing, surmounted by dome with ventilator at apex.

Statement of Special Interest

The lighthouse cost ?21,000 to build which was 90% above Stevenson's original estimate. The lighthouse had its internal timber fittings removed during automistation in 1972. The keeper's houses, stores, and boat house are on neighbouring Grunay (see separate listing).



Mike Finnie SHETLAND (1990) p82. John Gifford HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS (1992) p503.

About Listed Buildings

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We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

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