Covesea Lighthouse Lossiemouth, Lossiemouth

#8 of 14 in Historic Sites in Moray
Covesea Skerries Lighthouse, belonging to the Northern Lighthouse Board (NLB), is built on top of a small headland on the south coast of the Moray Firth at Covesea, near Lossiemouth, Moray, Scotland.HistoryFollowing a storm in the Moray Firth in November 1826 when 16 vessels were sunk, applications were made for lighthouses at Tarbat Ness, on the opposite coast, and at Covesea Skerries. The Commissioners of Northern Light Houses (the precursor of the NLB) and Trinity House felt that a lighthouse at Covesea was unnecessary but this was against public opinion. Many letters and petitions were delivered to them. Eventually, the engineer and a committee of the Board surveyed the coastline and the Elder Brethren were asked to look for the best location. They recommended a lighthouse on the Craighead with a beacon on Halliman's Skerries, which the Commissioners agreed to. A grid iron tower was erected on the Halliman's Skerries in 1845, and in 1846, the Covesea Skerries Lighthouse was completed at a cost of £11,514.The surrounding walls, because of their height, caused vortices in the yard area in strong winds. This interfered with lightkeepers lookout so the walls were lowered in 1907.In 1984, the lighthouse was automated being remotely monitored and controlled at the Northern Lighthouse Board's offices in Edinburgh, but originally, the lens was rotated by a clockwork mechanism with gradually descending weights providing the energy. The original lens is on display at the Lossiemouth Fisheries and Community Museum.
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  • We have inserted a short photo stop here, and drove up to the entrance of the holiday park. The photo view from there is flawless.
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  • Very nice view of the Bay. The Lighthouse is illuminated in the evening of all colors. Sometimes you can climb on top.
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  • We were staying in Lossiemouth for a week during which our host recommended the visit to the lighthouse. We booked a visit and lucky for us was a beautiful day. Our guide, Lynne, gave us a very inform...  more »
  • This lighthouse is owned and operated by a local community council. Guided visits are run every weekend and at other times by special arrangement. The gentleman who too us round gave a short and very interesting talk on the history of lighthouses in the UK and Scotland in particular. We were then given a guided tour. The views from the balcony were spectacular and are worth a visit in their own right.
  • A fantastic, informative tour of this beautiful lighthouse given by a very knowledgeable lady. The view is wonderful and the visit out onto the platform bracing. The passion for heritage and love of their local landmark is commendable with everything being maintained by volunteers. Please call to book to avoid being disappointed as this is not open for tours all the time. Be aware there are lots of steps (remember the exercise will allow you to enjoy cake and ice cream in the local cafes and restaurants afterwards!). Be prepared for great views. Well worth a visit.
  • A beautiful gently 4 mile round trip from Lossiemouth centre. In the distance you can see not only the seas horizon, but to the west more majestic mountains.
  • Nice place, lovely area, but it is situated on a private road, so you cannot see it up close.
  • My Father working for NLB we used to holiday here IN the lighthouse every year! glorious memories ;)

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