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Leading Lights

A pair of unusual cast iron lighthouses, on the south bank of the River Dee in Torry, a mile (1.5 km) southeast of Aberdeen city centre. Located a quarter-mile (0.4 km) apart, and on opposite sides of Sinclair Road, these white octagonal towers were built in 1842, to designs by the harbour engineer James Abernethy (1814-96), and rise to a height of 11.5m (38 feet). The channel approaching Aberdeen Harbour had been narrowed between the North and South Breakwaters and the lights were constructed to permit safe navigation into the port, a role they continue to perform today. When the two lights are aligned, they signpost the route between the breakwaters and into the tidal harbour.


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