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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  • Pretty impressive light house and dangerous cliffs over powerful seas. No barriers etc so not for the faint hearted. Great views and the angry see is mesmerising. A beautiful stark part of the world.  more »
  • Again, this is at the end of the world, but a good place to the ruggedness of the sea and steep rocks.
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  • It was a fine clear morning with a fresh westerly wind and the Butt was well worth a visit. There were hundreds of gulls nesting on the rock face and some fishing boats working on the north side One o...  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!