Ardnamurchan Point and Lighthouse, Kilchoan

#4 of 8 in Historic Sites in Lochaber
Lighthouse Tourist Spot
Ardnamurchan Lighthouse is a 36m, pink granite tower lighthouse built in 1849 by Alan Stevenson. It is the only lighthouse in the UK built in the Egyptian style. The light was automated in 1988 and is now operated remotely by the Northern Lighthouse Board from Edinburgh.The former keepers' cottages and outbuildings are owned by the Ardnamurchan Lighthouse Trust and operated as a visitor centre, with a museum called the 'Kingdom of Light' - Rioghachd na Sorcha. Exhibits detail the history and operations of the lighthouse, including access to the restored engine room and workshop with the original fog horn. Other displays include the geology and natural history of the area, and local social history and culture.The last part of the computer game Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened takes place in this lighthouse.
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  • A long single track road to UK's most westerly point with little to see with sea and hill mist so no "point" in climbing 152 steps to top of lighthouse. Has to be visited on a clear day and best to di...  more »
  • We were staying in Strontian which was 29 miles away from the lighthouse and it took us two and a half hours to get there. But it's a very scenic drive so chill and enjoy the scenery. Once we got ther...  more »
  • We decided to drive the 35 miles to the most westerly point in Britain for the morning. It took all day....... The roads there are not for the faint hearted and was a good 1.5 hours each way for us. I...  more »
  • A long way from anywhere, but has stunning views. The cafe entrance is quite cramped, but is well worth a visit too. The lighthouse tour is also excellent - I was fortunate to get a personal tour. Bear in mind that there are a lot of steps to get up to the top, and you need to be fairly agile to get to the different levels once you get to the top.
  • A great place with great views. The cafe is godsend too. Don't look at the map and think it's an hours drive. It takes a lot longer, the drive can be rather 'entertaining' too. It is worth the effort though, another 'don't forget your camera'.
  • Stunning location with amazing views. Small cafe on site. Drive there can be 'interesting'...
  • Simply stunning location and the lighthouse is beautiful.... Super drive and awesome views from sea when sailing...
  • Scenery and more scenery but crazy roads and suicidal sheep on the way.

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