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oss Head, a bold rocky promontory on the S side of Keiss or Sinclairs Bay, 3 ¼ miles NNE of Wick, Caithness. A little W of it stand the ruins of Castle-Girnigoe and Sinclair, the ancient stronghold of the Earls of Caithness. From the cove or small bay of Mursligoe, frequented by seals, a dry passage leads through a rock into a vast cave under Noss Head. a lighthouse, built in 1849 at a cost of £12,149, stands on Noss Head, with its lantern elevated 175 feet above the level of the sea. Its light is a revolving light, attaining its brightest state once in every half-minute, visible at a distance of 18 nautical miles, and red from NE ¾ N to WNW in a N direction, but of the natural appearance from other quarters. The lighthouse is in N latitude 58o 28' 38", and in W longitude 3o 3' 5".Ord. Sur., sh. 116, 1878.
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