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Section T: The westerly rocks, Uists and Barra

(5 towers and 54 other structures)

Western Isles (traditionally Inverness)

Plan of the Section

Column 1: Reference numbers (Michael; Admiralty; NGIA Publication 114)
Column 2: Name of light; Details (character, height above high water, nominal range in nautical miles); Grid Reference
Column 3: Description of structure; Notes; Link to image (for towers this link is in the form of a thumbnail image);
Maps (LR, EX: Ordnance Survey (see Notes in the Introduction); CH: Admiralty Chart at various scales)

no image available
LR18; EX454E; CH2802 and CH2841-->
The northern end of the Section is characterised by scattered rocks and islets, some very remote, and not lending themselves to any clearly defined geographical order. Although most of the major inhabited islands in the Section are linked by causeways, they are treated individually. Because of the shallow seas extending well to the west of the Uists and Barra, there are no lights on the west coasts of the these islands, apart from those marking the Royal Artillery Firing range on South Uist. It becomes convenient, therefore, to treat all these islands in a clockwise direction.
  Lights are listed in the following order: Rockall, St Kilda, North Uist and islets off the west, north and east coasts, Grimsay, Benbecula, South Uist and Eriskay, Barra and finally the other Berneray at the south end of the Long island.

  The first light in this Section is onastic, so the numbering in this Section begins at MT00-01.

  Onastic light:
MT00-01
A4044
114-3956
Rockall
(in 2004)
  1/15, 19m, 8 miles

Rockall lies outside the area covered by the National Grid
Red conical lantern, 1m.
  Rockall is the highest point of a range of undersea mountains rising from the North Atlantic Ocean abyss, about 230 miles west of North Uist. It is the only summit of that range that rises above sea level, and only by about 70 feet; though the nearby Hasselwood Rock "has been seen in the trough of the waves." Rockall's sides are sheer all round. In the sense of distance from the nearest inhabited land, it is said to be the most remote rock in the world. This, and the difficulty of access, resulted in the remarkable fact that by the end of 1971 more people had set foot on the Moon than on Rockall. This is one structure of which Michael will not be taking a picture!
  Nevertheless, there have been four different beacons on a specially-prepared flat ledge formed by removing the summit of the rock in 1972. The first and second were destroyed by wave action after a short time. The third one was installed in 1997 and replaced by a more ground-hugging device in 1998. By 2005 this too had been destroyed, and has so far (2010) not been replaced.
  It is hardly surprising, then, that the light is unreliable, unlit for long periods. It is currently not in the Admiralty's list. A beautiful image of the rock and what is left of the latest beacon has been provided by the generosity of Andy Strangeway (see also the notes on the Home page). This shows the metal plinth of the fourth beacon, which is now used as a nest-box by the people sitting on its edge. What appears to be a doorway in the rock just below the beacon is most likely the remains of the framework that would have supported the solar panels.
  Pictures of all four beacons and much historical detail can be found in Christopher Nicholson's Rock Lighthouses of Britain (Dunbeath, 2006), pp 190-205, but cannot be shown here for copyright reasons.
LR18 inset; EX454W inset; CH2524

St Kilda
  Onastic lights:
MT00-02
A4047
114-0
Ldg lts front
Oc/5, 26m, 3 miles
NF098985
Cairn 1m
no image available
LR18 inset; EX460W inset; CH2524
MT00-03
A40471
114-0
Ldg lts rear
Oc/5, 38m, 4 miles
NF099985
Cairn 2m
no image available
LR18 inset; EX460W inset; CH2524

Monach islands
  Tower light:
MT01
A40205

114-3955
Shillay
2/15, 47m, 18 miles
NF593628
Established 1864 (David and Thomas Stevenson)
Red brick tower 41m
Discontinued 1942. Replaced 1997 by metal framework tower 5m
  with white cladding showing 2/15, 19m, 10 miles
Re-established in original tower 2008
Images of both towers can be found by using the file Shillaylighthouses.jpg in Wikipedia, which provides an image copyright Bob Jones under the terms of the Creative Commons Licence
The Monach Islands are a group of two larger and about forty smaller islets and rocks, their most easterly point being about eight miles off the west coast of North Uist. The lighthouse stands at the western end of the Monach islands proper, but a further reef called Huskeiran lies two miles to its north-west
LR22; EX454W inset; CH245 and CH2635

Isolated rock
  Tower light:
MT02
A40203

114-
Haskeir
1/20, 44m, 23 miles
NF612819
White GRP tower 9m
Haskeir is a string of uninhabited rocks and islets about 8 miles off the
  north-west point of North Uist. The lighthouse is on the highest
  point of the innermost islet
no image available
LR18 inset; EX454W inset; CH245 and CH2635

Vallay
  Onastic light:
MT02-01
A39956
114-0
Vallay
WRG 1/3, 4m, 8 miles
NF757766
Grey post on white concrete base 3m
image
No public access
LR18; EX454W; CH2635 and CH2841

North Uist (clockwise)
  Onastic lights:
MT02-02
A39957
114-0
Griminish
 Ldg lts front
QG, 6m, 4 miles
NF754760
Grey metal post with black and white diamond on white concrete base 4m
image
Access along green track from MT02-04
LR18; EX454W; CH2841
MT02-03
A399571
114-0
Griminish
 Ldg lts rear
QG, 7m, 4 miles
NF754759
Grey metal post with black and white diamond on white concrete base 4m
image
No access: in field alongside green track
LR18; EX454W; CH2841
MT02-04
A39958
114-0
Griminish Pier
2FG, 6m, 4 miles
NF757757
Grey and rusting metal post 5m
image
Public road to pier
LR18; EX454W; CH2841

Berneray (clockwise)
 Onastic lights:
MT02-05
A3995
114-0
Berneray Harbour
  Bwr head
R Iso/4, 6m, 4 miles
NF924812
Grey metal post 5m
image
Access on foot along breakwater
LR18; EX454E; CH2802 and CH2841
MT02-06
A39953
114-0
Aird Ma-Ruibhe Bwr
 Near ferry terminal
2FG, 6m, 3 miles
NF915797
Grey metal post 5m
image
At ferry terminal
LR18; EX454E and inset; CH2802 and CH2841
MT02-07
A39952
114-0
Aird Ma-Ruibhe
 Ferry terminal slip
1/2, 3m, 1 mile
NF915798
Lantern mounted directly on one of the piles
 forming the berth for the ferry
images
At ferry terminal
LR18; EX454E and inset; CH2802

North Uist (continued)
  Onastic lights:
MT02-08
A39955
114-0
Otternish
2FR, 6m, 3 miles
NF908794
Grey lamp-post 5m
Marks the overnight berth for the ferry
image
No public access: on port installation: easily visible from public road
LR18; EX454E and inset; CH2802 and CH2841
MT02-09
A39954
114-0
Newton Jetty
2FG, 9m, 4 miles
NF907788
Grey metal lamp-post 8m
 Unlit (July 2009)
image
Beside public road
LR18; EX454E and inset; CH2802 and CH2841

Lights in the Sound of Harris (see plan)
   The direction of buoyage changes between Sgeir Cruaidh and Cabbage North; to the north of this point starboard-hand lights are to starboard going south, and are listed in Section S; west of this point, starboard-hand lights are to starboard going east, and are listed here. Several of the earlier perches have been replaced by buoys: the reference MT02-11 is no longer used
  Access to all the lights in the Sound of Harris is by boat only
  Onastic lights:
MT02-10
A399495
114-0
Drowning Rock
G 2/8, 2m, 2 miles
NF931804
Green metal post 2m image

LR18; EX454E and inset; CH2802 and CH2841
MT02-12
A399473
114-0
Narstay
R 2/8, 4m, 3 miles
NF974780
Red perch with square
image
LR18; EX454E; CH2802 and CH2841
MT02-13
A399469
114-0
Cabbage South
R 1/3, 3m, 2 miles
NF982787
Red metal post, white bands
image
LR18; EX454E; CH2802 and CH2841
MT02-14
A399468
114-0
Cabbage North
1/5, 3m, 3 miles
NF979792
White perch with green triangle point up
image
LR18; EX454E; CH2802 and CH2841

North Uist (continued)
  Tower light:
MT03
A3996

114-0
Rubha an Fhigheadair
 (Weaver's Point)
1/3, 24m, 7 miles
NF955690
weaver'smetal framework tower with white two-stage cladding 5m
Access by boat, or by 3 1/2-mile walk over rough ground from nearest road
LR18; EX454E; CH1795, CH2825 and CH2841

  Onastic lights:
MT03-01
A39992
114-0
Lochmaddy Pier
 Ldg lts front
2FG, 8m, 4 miles
NG919680
Grey metal lamp-post on dolphin 4m
image
LR18; EX454E; CH2825 and CH2841
MT03-02
A399921
114-0
Lochmaddy Pier
 Ldg lts rear
G Oc/8, 10m, 4 miles
NF920679
Grey metal post on link-span bridge 3m
image
LR18; EX454E; CH2825 and CH2841

Islets in Loch Maddy (no access to any of these lights)
  Onastic lights:
MT03-03
A3998
114-0
Eilean Bhalaig
 (Vallaquie Island)
WRG 3/8, 11m,
  7/5/5 miles
NF920574
Metal post with pvc (?) cladding on concrete base 1m
image
LR18; EX454E; CH1795, CH2825 and CH2841
MT03-04
A3997
114-0
Glas Ruigh Liath E
QG, 6m, 5 miles
NF930678
Grey square metal post on cubical concrete base 2m
image
LR18; EX454E; CH1795, CH2825 and CH2841
MT03-05
A39964
114-0
Glas Eilean Mr
G 2/4, 8m, 5 miles
NF947681
Grey aluminium column 2m
image
LR18; EX454E; CH1795, CH2825 and CH2841

North Uist (continued)
  Onastic light:
MT03-06
A39966
114-0
Rubha nam Pleac
R 1/4, 7m, 5 miles
NF947677
White post apparently with stiffening vanes 2m
image
Access by boat only
LR18; EX454E; CH1795, CH2825 and CH2841

Grimsay
  Onastic light:
MT03-07
A39995
114-0
Kallinn Bwr
2FR, 6m, 5 miles
NF882555
Grey metal post 5m
no image available--structure not found
LR22; EX453N; CH2904

Benbecula
  Onastic light:
MT03-08
A39998
114-0
Petersport slip
R 1/6, 5m, 2 miles
NF849456
Grey metal post on white square concrete base chamfered at top 3m
image
Beside public road
LR22; EX453N; CH2904

South Uist (clockwise)
  Roof-mounted lights:
MT03-09
A4021
114-0
Falconet Tower
FR, 25m, 8 miles and
R Iso/2, 25m, 8 miles
NF769420
Gable-end of building 6m
Occasional, exhibited as warning of imminent firing:
 FR from 60 to 15 minutes before firing begins;
 isophase from 15 minutes before until end of firing
image
close-up image
LR22; EX453N; (apparently not charted)
MT03-10
A40215
114-0
Ardivachar Point
FR, 7m, 6 miles and
R Iso/2, 7m, 6 miles
NF742453
Gable-end of building 4m
Occasional, exhibited as warning of imminent firing:
 FR from 60 to 15 minutes before firing begins;
 isophase from 15 minutes before until end of firing
image
LR22; EX453N; (apparently not charted)

 Onastic lights:
MT03-11
A4000
114-0
Loch Carnan
 Ldg lts front
R 1/2, 7m, 5 miles
NF832430
Hooded light on top of concrete cabinet 1m
Separate wooden pole 2m with red stripe and white diamond
image
Easily reached on foot from public road
LR22; EX453N; CH2904
MT03-12
A40001
114-0
Loch Carnan
 Ldg lts rear
R Iso/10, 11m, 5 miles
NF831429
Hooded light on pole with red stripe and white diamond 4m
image
Easily reached on foot from public road
LR22; EX453N; CH2904

  Tower light:
MT04
A4004

114-0
Ushenish
WR 1/20, 54m,
 19/15 miles
NF873350
Established 1857 (David and Thomas Stevenson)
White tower 12m
no image available from Michael
(but see the website of the Northern Lighthouse Board
  --photo credit Northern Lighthouse Board)
Access by boat, or five miles over rough country from nearest road
LR22; EX453S; CH1795, CH2635 and CH2904

  Onastic light:
MT04-01
A40095
114-0
Loch Boisdale N side
G 1/6, 3m, 3 miles
NF806189
Metal post 2m
images
LR31; EX453S; CH2770
MT04-02
A4010
114-0
Lochboisdale RoRo Head
RG Iso/4, 8m, 2 miles
NF794193
Grey metal post 5m
image
Access from pier: access to all other structures in Loch Boisdale by boat only
LR31; EX453S; CH2770
MT04-03
A40101
114-0
Lochboisdale RoRo terminal (Pier?)
2FG, 8m, 3 miles
NF793193
Grey metal post on dolphin 3m
image
LR31; EX453S; CH2770

Islets and rocks in Loch Boisdale
  Onastic light:
MT04-04
A40098
114-0
Eilean Dubh
R 2/5, 2m, 3 miles
NF794192
Grey metal post on black pile 2m
image
LR31; EX453S; CH2770
MT04-05
A40085
114-0
Gasay
WR 1/5, 10m, 7 miles
NF802188
Metal framework structure with cladding on upper stage only 6m
images

range of red light increased, 2010
LR31; EX453S; CH1795 and CH2770
MT04-06
A4008
114-0
Calvay
WRG 2/10, 16m, 7 miles
NF822179
Metal framework structure with cladding on upper stage only 6m
Image via telescope at 2 miles
ranges of red and green lights increased, 2010
LR31; EX453S; CH1795 and CH2770

South Uist (continued)
  Girder-mounted lights:
MT04-07
A401061
114-0
Eriskay Causeway
 east side
1/4, ?, 3m
NF781135
Shares Admiralty reference with MT06-02
image
LR31; EX452N and EX453S inset; CH1795 and CH2770
MT04-08
A401061
114-0
Eriskay Causeway
 west side
1/4, ?, 3m
NF781135
Shares Admiralty reference with MT06-01
image
image to show solar panels common to both lanterns
LR31; EX452N and EX453S; CH1795 and CH2770

  Onastic light:
MT04-09
A401033
114-0
Ludaig Breakwater
2FR, 6m, 3 miles
NF777139
Grey metal post 4m
image
LR31; EX452N and EX4543S; CH2770

The references MT04-10 and -11 are not used

Eriskay (clockwise)
  Onastic lights:
MT04-12
A40111
114-0
Ceann a'Gharaidh
 Ferry terminal
 Breakwater head
G 1/4, 3m, 3 miles
NF783104
Also spelt Kennagarry
Grey metal post 2m
image
LR31; EX452N and EX453S inset; CH1795 and CH2770
MT04-13
A401065
114-0
Haunn Pier
2FR, 5m, 5 miles
NF799121
Grey metal post 5m
image
LR31; EX452N and EX453S inset; CH2770
MT04-14
A40116
114-0
Acarseid Pier
2FG, 5m, 2 miles
NF793098
Grey metal post 4m
image
LR31; EX452N and EX453S inset; CH2770
MT04-15
A401151
114-0
Acarseid Mhr
 Ldg lts rear
R Oc/6, 10m, 4 miles
NF796095
Orange post with white triangle point down 3m
image
LR31; EX452N and EX453S inset; CH2770
MT04-16
A40115
114-0
Acarseid Mhr
 Ldg lts front
R Oc/6, 9m, 4 miles
NF796095
Orange post with white triangle point up 2m
image
LR31; EX452N and EX453S inset; CH1795 and CH2770

Sgeir Lingay Fhada
  Onastic light:
MT04-17
A401165
114-0
NW point
R 1/4, 3m, 3 miles
NF726040
Metal perch with red square 6m
image
LR31; EX452N; CH2770

Barra (clockwise)
  Onastic lights:
MT04-18
A401168
114-0
Aird Mhor Breakwater
G/2.5, 6m, 3 miles
NF732039
Grey metal post 4m
image
LR31; EX452N; CH2770
MT04-19
A401169
114-0
Aird Mhor
  ferry terminal
2FR, 5m, 2 miles
NF722038
Grey metal post
image
LR31; EX452N; CH2770
MT04-20
A40117
114-0
Ardveenish Point
WRG Oc/3, 6m,
  9/6/6 miles
NF719032
Tube-light on square grey metal post 4m
image
LR31; EX452N; CH2770
MT04-21
A40118
114-0
Ardveenish Pier
2FG, 8m, 4 miles
NF717031
Square grey metal post 8m
image
LR31; EX452N; CH2770

 Isolated rock
   Onastic light:
MT04-22
A4012
114-0
Sgeir Dubh
3QG/6, 6m, 5 miles
NL667966
Off Orasay
White concrete column with green bands 8m
image
LR31; EX452N; CH2769

Barra (continued)
  Onastic lights:
MT04-23
A40195
114-0
Castlebay RoRo
2FG, 7m, 3 miles
NL665981
Metal post 5m
image
LR31; EX452N; CH2769
MT04-24
A40194
114-0
Castlebay
R 1/2, 2m, 3 miles
NL662980
Square metal post 4m
image
LR31; EX452N; CH2769
MT04-25
A40191
114-0
Rubha Glas
 Ldg lts rear
FBu, 15m, 6 miles
NL64 5976
White framework structure with wooden cladding on one face only,
 orange triangle point down 4m
This and the front light are the only blue lights in Scotland
images front and rear
LR31; EX452N; CH2769
MT04-26
A4019
114-0
Rubha Glas
 Ldg lts front
FBu, 9m, 6 miles
NL650973
White framework structure with wooden cladding on one face only,
  orange triangle point up 5m
This and the rear light are the only blue lights in Scotland
images front and rear
LR31; EX452N; CH2769

Vatersay
  Onastic light:
MT04-27
A40125
114-0
Channel Rock
WR 1/6, 4m, 6/4 miles
NL667959
White concrete column with red bands 7m
Off the easterly point of the island
image
LR31; EX452N; CH2769

Berneray
  Tower light:
MT05
A4020

114-
Barra Head
1/15, 208m, 18 miles
NL549802
Established 1833 (Robert Stevenson)
White stone tower 18m
The highest lighthouse in Britain
Michael's images are taken through haze at a distance of about 12 miles. Much clearer images are on the website of the
  Northern Lighthouse Board
  (photo credit Northern Lighthouse Board)
LR31; EX452S; CH245, CH2635 and CH2769

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