Butt of Lewis Lighthouse, Outer Hebrides

This evening, I am focusing on the Butt of Lewis (Rubha Robhanais in Gaelic), on the Isle of Lewis, which represents the northernmost tip of the Outer Hebrides, a chain of islands off Scotland’s west coast.

Cliffs at Butt of Lewis, Outer Hebrides.

This is a rugged and exposed location with chief features comprising:

  • A David Stevenson designed lighthouse dating from the 1860s. This was constructed of red brick and was automated in 1998.(The Stevenson family‚Äôs involvement in lighthouse engineering began with Robert Stevenson (1772-1850). Author, Robert Louis Stevenson was the grandson of Robert.)
  • Very ancient rocks known as Lewisian gneiss which date back between 2.6bn and 1.6bn years ago.
  • Port Stoth, a very pretty cove with a sandy beach.

Port Stoth, Butt of Lewis, Outer Hebrides.

  • Some of the 370 species of birds found on Lewis which include shags, redwings, kittiwakes and fulmars.

This location can be extremely windy and great care is required owing to sheer cliff faces.

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