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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  • August 14, 2017
    Great place to see. The day we went unfortunately it was a wild windy wet day. But just looking at the stone at the base of the light house and the power of the sea crashing against the stones was awe...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    This is the most Northerly part of Lewis and well worth visiting on your tour of Lewis. It is quite daunting when you realise that when looking west over the Atlantic that the next landfall is Canada....  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    We rode up to the Butt of Lewis to make sure we had covered most of the island and were so glad we did - the coastline here is stunning, the colours of the water were amazing. It is well worth the tim...  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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