Butt of Lewis Lighthouse, Isle of Lewis

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Lighthouse Tourist Spot
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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  • 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!