Butt of Lewis Lighthouse, Isle of Lewis
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Butt of Lewis Lighthouse, designed by David Stevenson, was built at Butt of Lewis to aid shipping in the 1860s. Unusual for a lighthouse in Scotland, it is constructed of red brick, and is unpainted. The station was automated in 1998, one of the last to have been converted. A modern differential GPS base station has now been sited on a nearby hill to further aid navigation. This hill was also the site for a Lloyd's Signal Station from the 1890s.The road to the lighthouse passes a sheltered cove called Port Stoth. Agricultural lazy beds are also visible along the coast. The Butt of Lewis features some of the oldest rocks in Europe, having been formed in the Precambrian period up to 3000 million years ago. Following the coast southwest from the lighthouse there is a natural arch called the "Eye of the Butt" (Sùil an Rubha). It can be best viewed from the Habost machair.
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  • Designed and built by David Stevenson (R.L 's uncle) the lighthouse was actually manned until almost the end of the 20th century. Now it's automated but it's still an impressive piece of engineering.....  more »
  • It was breathtakingly beautiful here, with views into the North Atlantic, waves crashing against the rocky shore and even a golden eagle flew overhead. I could have spent hours, taking photographs of ...  more »
  • There were some absolutely stunning views from here but be careful as it's right by some really steep drops that aren't always immediately visible. If you can go down to the beach which is just the co...  more »
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  • Fantastic view on the rocks and the ocean. You get a thrilling sense of being at the edge of land (you are literally). Worth a detour.
  • Just an absolutely cracking view, with a spectacular drop for those with a nervous disposition. Car park means you can use this as the start/end point on the walk round the but, or it can just be one of the stunning sights you see while doing it if you start elsewhere.
  • Wow. Go there. Be sure to bring some wind protecting clothes. A kilt will do, but only with warm woolen socks.
  • Nice walk around the place if good weather conditions. The rocky shore is amazing! Lot of sheeps there.
  • Spectacular location, don't get blown off the cliffs!