Tarbat Ness Lighthouse

Tarbat Ness Lighthouse

Infobox_lighthouse|name= Tarbat Ness Lighthouse
location= Tarbat Ness
Nr Portmahomack, Highland, Scotland

coordinates = 57°51.8’N 03°46.6’W
yearbuilt =
yearlit= 1830
automated= 1985
elevation= 53 m
range= 44 Km (white),
37 Km (red)
construction= Brick
shape= Conical tower
height= 41 m
characteristic = Fl. (4) white every 30 secs
marking = White with 2 red bands

The Tarbat Ness Lighthouse is located at the North West tip of the Tarbat Ness peninsula near the fishing village of Portmahomack on the east coast of Scotland. It was built in 1830 by Robert Stevenson and has an elevation of 53 metres and 37 steps to the top of the tower.


A storm in the Moray Firth in November 1826 saw the loss of 16 vessels and brought many applications for lighthouses to be constructed at Tarbat Ness and at Covesea Skerries.

Tarbat Ness Lighthouse was engineered by Robert Stevenson for the Northern Lighthouse Board and the light was first exhibited on 26 January 1830. James Smith of Inverness was the contractor responsible for the building of the lighthouse which cost £9,361. The lighthouse tower is the third tallest in Scotland behind North Ronaldsay and Skerryvore and is notable for having two distinguishing broad red bands.

Earthquake shocks were sometimes reported and Tarbat Ness once shook so that the shades and lamp glasses rattled.

External links

* [http://www.nlb.org.uk/ourlights/history/tarbatness.htm Northern Lighthouse Board history of Tarbet Ness]

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