Port Ellen Lighthouse

(Carraig Fhada Lighthouse)

A dramatic lighthouse on Carraig Fhada headland on the south coast of the island of Islay, the Port Ellen lighthouse (also known as the Carraig Fhada Lighthouse) lies opposite Port Ellen, marking the western approach to the harbour there. It comprises an unusual square masonry tower, 17m (57 feet) in height. It has no lantern; rather the light is displayed from a stumpy mast surmounting the tower. This lighthouse was built in 1832 by the Laird of Islay, Walter Frederick Campbell (1798 - 1855), in memory of his first wife, Lady Eleanor Charteris, who had died aged only 36 in September of that year. The lighthouse was taken over by the Northern Lighthouse Board in 1924. It was refurbished and repainted in 2003-04, while the former keeper's cottage is now a private residence.

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