Hyskeir Lighthouse

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Hyskeir Lighthouse


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Hyskeir Light, May 2005
Location: 56°58’10"N, 6°40’50"W
Height: 128 ft
Tower shape: cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
attached to 1-storey keeper's house
Tower marking: white tower, black lantern, ochre trim
Light: Fl (3) W 30s.
Focal height: 135 ft
Range: 24 nmi
Admiralty No.: A4076
Built 1904

Hyskeir Lighthouse was established in 1904 on the island of Hyskeir in Argyllshire. The 128-foot-high lighthouse marks the southern end of the Minch, warning of the presence of the Mills Rocks, Canna and Hyskeir itself. It was designed by David and Charles Stevenson and constructed by Oban contractor Messrs D & J MacDougall.

The white tower was manned until March 1997, becoming one of the last lighthouses in Scotland to be automated. The keepers were briefly known for their one-hole golf course[1] following their appearance on TV. Now controlled by the Northern Lighthouse Board in Edinburgh, it displays three white flashes every thirty seconds.[2]

Hyskeir and its lighthouse feature extensively in Peter Hill's book Stargazing: Memoirs of a Young Lighthouse Keeper.


  1. "Hyskeir". Gazetteer for Scotland. http://www.scottish-places.info/features/featurefirst1625.html. Retrieved 15 September 2009. 
  2. "Hyskeir Lighthouse". Northern Lighthouse Board. http://www.nlb.org.uk/ourlights/history/hyskeir.htm. Retrieved 15 September 2009. 

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