Lighthouse Beacons from Scotland

Vaternish / Waternish Lighthouse

Photo by via Wikimedia

Waternish or Bhatairnis/Vaternish is a peninsula approximately 12 km (7.5 mi) long on the island of Skye, situated between Loch Dunvegan and Loch Snizort in the northwest of the island. Traditionally the area has been inhabited and owned by Clan MacLeod whose clan seat is at the nearby Dunvegan Castle. The name Waternish is derived from the Norse vatnenes or "headland of the pond".

The original Vaternish Lighthouse was built on Waternish Point in 1924. The engineers were David and Charles Stevenson. The original lens was donated to the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses (in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire). The graphic on the right is of the existing lamp inside the Vaternish Lighthouse nd is by John Allan, via Wikimedia.

The present tower was built in 1980, by engineer John Smith. It consists of a concrete base, aluminium light room and a GRP roof. Solar panels were installed in 2001. It is accessible on foot from the road at Trumpan.

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