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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  • Great views from here along the cliffs, very rugged! Nice to walk around on a lovely day. It was rather windy the day we visited but didn't take away from the beauty of the area.  more »
  • Spent a day wandering aroun the top of Lewis. The harbour in Ness is pretty, but there is nothing on there. I went to a local cafe there but the options were extremely limited, not a good stop for cof...  more »
  • This is a nice place to visit and have a long walk along the cliff face leading into the sea if you have the time and interest. There also happens to be the red bricked 1860's Butt of Lewis Lighthouse...  more »
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  • What a fantastic place to visit on Lewis. Described as the windiest place in UK, you can be sure you will need a warm jacket, most helpfully rainproof, and a tight hold on your camera as you take in the stunning views. A worthwhile detour for all. Be careful of the recent landslides.
  • This place feels like the end of the world. I I don't tell it in a negative way, all the contrary, the Butt of Lewis is one of those spots on this island where you breath that feeling moving daring men and women to explore new, unknown territories. The rocks and the angry sea paint some amazing scenarios.
  • Interesting spot, nice views.
  • The views were good the wind was strong but we'll worth a visit
  • Wonderful place.....we catch a storm here, it was the strongest i've ever been. And after that came a sun. I love this place.....also i love this island at all.

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