Ardnamurchan Lighthouse


Ardnamurchan Lighthouse

Take the opportunity to visit Ardnamurchan Lighthouse, the most westerly lighthouse on the British mainland. The lighthouse was designed by Alan Stevenson and built in 1845. It is unique in the world in being the only lighthouse built in an Egyptian style; it has a 36 metre pink granite tower with Egyptian stylised figurines decorating its lamp base.  The flat-roofed keepers' dwellings and store houses are found at the base of the tower, with an open courtyard, where the Principal and Assistant Lighthouse keepers and their families lived a subsistence lifestyle. There is also a barn, byre and workshop which have been converted into a small shop and cafe.   Part of the lighthouse keepers' dwellings now serve as an exhibition centre which documents the history and workings of lighthouse. There is also an opportunity to explore the engine room and workshop. The exhibition centre also includes displays on the geology and natural history of the Ardnamurchan peninsula and the surrounding seas. 152 steps and two ladders take you to the top of the lighthouse tower and out onto a corbelled walkway.  Here you are rewarded with stunning views of the Ardnamurchan peninsula, The Small Isles and Hebrides on a clear day.

Ardnamurchan Lighthouse is accessed via a minor single track road from the B8007. It is spectacular drive to Ardnamurchan Point, although not for the faint hearted.

Open from the start of April until the end of October. There is a small admission charge for the exhibition centre and the lighthouse tower.