Isle of May Lighthouse, Firth of Forth, Scotland

This evening, I am posting a small portfolio of lighthouse images which have I have obtained over the years in context of my tours around Scotland.

There exist some 200 lighthouses positioned around Scotland’s rugged and challenging coastline.

Lighthouse construction in the modern sense commenced in the 1780s under leadership of Thomas Smith of Dundee (1752-1814), son of ship’s captain.The first lighthouses were Kinnaird Head in 1787, Mull of Kintyre in 1788, North Ronaldsay in 1789 and Eileen Glas in 1789.

Smith was succeeded by his son-in-law, Robert Stevenson (1772-1850) who became Chief engineer for the new, Northern Lighthouse Board.

The Stevenson family became synonymous with lighthouse building, being collectively responsible for at least 80 structures over three generations from Robert, his sons David and Thomas and David’s sons, David Allan and Charles Alexander, with activity continuing through to the 1930s. It is worthy of mention that the famous writer, Robert Louis Stevenson was the son of Thomas Stevenson and grandson of Robert.

Ayrshire Coast, Scotland

Neist Point Lighthouse, Isle of Skye, Scotland

The Beacon, Isle of May. Originally constructed 1636

Eilean Musdile Lighthouse, Inner Hebrides, Scotland

Chanonry Point Lighthouse, Black Isle, Scotland

Isleornsay Lighthouse, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Arnish Lighthouse, Isle of Lewis, Scotland

Butt of Lewis Lighthouse, Hebrides, Scotland

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