Butt of Lewis Lighthouse, Isle of Lewis

Categories: Lighthouses, Tourist Spots
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4.7/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web
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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  • There are not even egg on the butt of Lewis. Sign that one there is, only the lighthouse. Nature is clearly functional. The cliffs are nice, but just not totally spectacular. The free sea view is nice, it feels like the end of the world.
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  • The lighthouse itself, says little, but the scenery is nice. We saw seals playing in the foam at the bottom of the cliffs. Nice pure colour contrast between the lush green grass in the Sun, the black of the rocks and the white foam of the waves.
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  • We loved the views of the lighthouse and of the rushing waters on the cliffs below. Beautiful. Please watch your step when walking around there. 
  • 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.
  • Spectacular location, don't get blown off the cliffs!
  • Absolutley EPIC! UN missable.
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  • Beautiful view
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  • ...DAS is a view!
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