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Type of record:Monument
Name:Ardnamurchan Lighthouse


Listed Building Record - photograph  © Please contact Highland Council for detailsPhotographs from old listed building file  © Highland CouncilOld Council listed building record (for up to date description see link to Historic Scotland's website)  © Highland Council© Please contact Highland Council for details© Please contact Highland Council for details(photo by J M Briscoe)  © J M Briscoe, 2010(photo by J M Briscoe)  © J M Briscoe, 2010(photo by J M Briscoe)  © J M Briscoe, 2010Ardnamurchan Lighthouse (photo by Andrew Taylor)  © Andrew Taylor
Grid Reference:NM 4158 6747
Map Sheet:NM46NW
Geographical Area:LOCHABER

Monument Types

Protected Status:Listed Building (A) 521: Ardnamurchan Lighthouse, Keepers' Houses, Sundial Former Steading And Enclosing Perimeter Wall

Other References/Statuses

  • Historic Environment Record: MHG25228
  • NMRS NUMLINK Reference: 22125
  • Old SMR Reference Number: NM46NW0014

Full description

See also:
NM46NW0013 Keeper's Houses
NM46NW0015 Sundial
Jhooper, 7/3/2002
NM46NW 4.00 4158 6745

NM46NW 4.01 4159 6745 cottages
NM46NW 4.02 c. 4155 6750 sundial

(Location cited as NM 416 675). Built 1848, engineer Alan Stevenson. A circular-section, slightly-tapering stone tower, with a corbelled walkway and standard lantern. The keepers' houses are single-storey, flat-roofed. The most westerly lighthouse on the mainland of Britain.
J R Hume 1977. <1>

This (shore) lighthouse was converted to group flashing in 1927/8.
R W Munro 1979. <2>

NM 4158 6745. Ardnamurchan Lighthouse: The lantern of this lighthouse rises to a height of 55m above the shore of the most westerly point of the British mainland. It was designed by Alan Stevenson in 1846 and built by Robert Hume, a contractor from Gatehouse-of-Fleet. The light was first displayed in 1849, the total cost of construction being $13,738. In its original form the light was fixed; a flashing signal was adopted in 1928.
(A full description of the lighthouse and associated buildings is given by RCAHMS).
RCAHMS 1980, visited 1971.

Reference: Bell Rock Folio belonging to Mr R Q C Stevenson, Edinburgh
40. Ardnamurchan Lighthouse (Plate XXVII). Engraving.
James Andrews delt. William Miller Sculpt. (Alan Stevenson's Account of the Skerryvore Lighthouse, 1848).

Photographs of this lighthouse were submitted to the HER by Martin Briscoe in April 2010. <3>

Ardnamurchan Point Lighthouse (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG9143.

Lighthouse, Ardnamurchan Point (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG9144.

Taylor, A, 02/2010, A Collection of Highland Buildings and Monuments (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG25366.

RCAHMS, 1911, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Third report and inventory of monuments and constructions in the county of Caithness, 18, No. 46 (Text/Report). SHG2664.

Admiralty list of lights, 1980, Admiralty list of lights and fog signals: volume A: British Isles and north coast of France from Dunkerque to entrance to Goulet de Brest including North Sea oil and gas production installations, 252, no. 3882 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG1875.

Ritchie and Harman, J N G and M, 1985, Exploring Scotland's heritage: Argyll and the Western Isles, 102, no. 41 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2708.

Allardyce and Hood, K and E M, 1986, At Scotland's edge: a celebration of two hundred years of the lighthouse service in Scotland and the Isle of Man, 78-9, 154 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG1882.

Hay and Stell, G D and G P, 1986, Monuments of industry, 22-3 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2306.

Ardnamurchan Lighthouse, 1997, [Ardnamurchan Lighthouse, newscutting] (Text/Publication/Article/Newspaper Article). SHG3057.

<1> Hume, J R, 1977, The industrial archaeology of Scotland 2: The Highlands and Islands, 310, pl. 117 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2332.

<2> Munro, R W, 1979, Scottish lighthouses, 129, 130, 155, 243, 255, 275 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2557.

<3> Briscoe, J M, 2008-11, Information and photographs of various sites submitted by Martin Briscoe (Image/Photograph(s)). SHG23810.

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