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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  • Absolutely loved the remoteness and the wildness of this location, breathtaking beauty. Dramatic and wild the whole island is just incredible.  more »
  • Superb view that shine or the storm blows. Truly exceptional when the sea is rough! Beautiful ballads on the "turf" of the lawn that runs on the top of the cliffs. Must-have!
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  • New Year's Day Drive out with my pet Labrador. The wind was colossal ( glad I left my dog in the car!) Absolutely breathtaking scenery, Can I say it again without sounding boring.... Absolutely Breath...  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!