Rathlin West Lighthouse

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Rathlin West Lighthouse

County Antrim

Rathlin Island
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Rathlin West Lighthouse
Grid reference: D09265176
Location: 55°18’3"N, 6°16’49"W
Height: 59 feet
Focal height: 203 feet
Range: 22 nautical miles
Built 1916
First lit: 1919
Owned by: Commissioners of Irish Lights

Rathlin West Lighthouse stands on the west end of Rathlin Island.

This remarkable lighthouse is one of twelve around the coast of Ireland known as the Great Lighthouses of Ireland.


This is the second-built of the lighthouses of Rathlin, the first being the East Lighthouse. A proposal for a second light on Rathlin was made early in 1901, proposed for the east coast on Doone Point or Rue Point (where a lighthouse was built in the 1920s). The Inspecting Committee instead proposed a light at the west end of the island, which was finally settled on Crockantirrive in 1903. Nevertheless, it was delayed by budgets and bureaucracy until 1914. It required concrete to be poured and set against the cliff at Crockantirrive and for an inclined railway to be built at Corraghy to deliver materials. Eventually towards the end of 1916 the light and dwellings were completed. The Admiralty only replied in 1919 to a request that the light be lit. It was finally lit on 10 March 1919.

A fog signal was established on 15 July 1925 with four 1.5 second blasts every 60 seconds. On 17 April 1982 the diaphone fog signal was replaced by an electric fog signal, but in November 1995 the fog signal was permanently discontinued.

Rathlin West was converted from a manned paraffin light to an unwatched electric. On 30 November 1983 it was demanned.

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Lighthouses of the Commissioners of Irish Lights

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