Durness Beach

Lighthouses on the North Coast of Scotland

In Salutem Omnium
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Durness - North Coast
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© Compiled by:
Bob Schrage
page updated: 10-01-2021
Cape Wrath
Duncansby Head
Dunnet Head
Holborn Head
Pentland Skerries
Strathy Point
Swilkie Point(Stroma)

Table of Lighthouses - Mainland - North Coast
Name Est Engineer Lat, Lon Character Range Admiralty Authority
Cape Wrath 1828 Robert Stevenson 58°37.538' N, 04°59.952' W Fl(4)W 30s 41km/22nM A3880 Northern Lighthouse Board
Duncansby Head 1924 David A. Stevenson 58°38.641' N, 03°01.521' W Fl W 12s 35km/22nM A3558 Northern Lighthouse Board
Dunnet Head 1831 Robert Stevenson 58°40.287' N, 03°22.556' W Fl(4)W 30s 37km/23nM A3574 Northern Lighthouse Board
Holborn Head 1862 David Stevenson/
Thomas Stevenson
58°36.874' N, 03°32.390' W Discontinued -.- A3578 ?
Pentland Skerries 1794 Thomas Smith/
Robert Stevenson
58°41.415' N, 02°55.483' W Fl(3)W 30 37km/23nM A3562 Northern Lighthouse Board
Strathy Point 1958 P.H. Hysop 58°35.933' N, 04°01.113' W Discontinued -.- A3590 ?
Stroma 1896 David A. Stevenson/
Charles Stevenson
58°41.754' N, 03°07.000' W Fl(2)W 20s 48km/26nM A3568 Northern Lighthouse Board

Mainland - North Coast

Caitness CoA
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Shuterland CoA
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North Coast Sutherland and Caithness is a large area of unspoilt, dramatic scenery in the far north of Scotland, indeed, on the extreme edge of Europe. The borders of Caithness are the Pentland Firth to the north, and Moray Firth to the east. Caithness meets Sutherland, together covering the far north coast of Scotland. The coast is low-lying on the east, and majestic on the north, with high cliffs and offshore stacks at places like Duncansby Head. Wick and Thurso are the main settlements, based around harbours and making their living on a mix of fishing and tourism. Inland is the desolate flat peat bog and moorland of the Flow Country, one of the last true wilderness areas in Europe. While the population of the Flow Country is sparse, it is a popular home for numerous rare plants, insects and birds.

Durness is a village and civil parish in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. It lies on the north coast of the country in the traditional county of Sutherland, around 190 km north of Inverness. The area is remote, and the parish is huge and sparsely populated, covering an area from east of Loch Eriboll to Cape Wrath, the most north-westerly point of the Scottish mainland. The population is dispersed and includes a number of townvessels including Kempie, Eriboll, Laid, Rispond, Sangobeg, Leirinmore, Smoo, Sangomore, Durine, Balnakeil and Keoldale.

ThursoThurso is a town and former burgh on the north coast of the Highland council area of Scotland. Situated in the historical area of Caithness, it is the northernmost town on the British mainland.

Thurso lies at the junction of the north-south A9 road and the west-east A836 road, connected to Bridge of Forss in the west and Castletown in the east. The 55 km River Thurso flows through the town and into Thurso Bay and the Pentland Firth. The river estuary serves as a small harbour.

Thurso functioned as an important Norse port, and later traded with ports throughout northern Europe until the 19th century. A thriving fishing centre, Thurso also had a reputation for its linen-cloth and tanning activities. The Category-A listed ruined Old St Peter's Church (St. Peter's Kirk) is one of the oldest churches in Scotland, dating to at least 1125. The current church, St Andrew's and St Peter's, was built in 1832 to a design by William Burn in the Gothic style.

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