Located at Ardnamurchan point on the Ardnamurchan peninsula this lighthouse faces out towards the island of Coll. The 24 mile range of the light gives a navigation aid to ships in the southern stretches of the Minch. The 35m grey tower was completed in 1849 having been 3 years in construction using pink granite from the island of Earraid in the Ross of Mull and supervised by engineer Alan Stevenson (of Robert Louis fame) (1807-1865). The lighthouse claims to be the only lighthouse in the world built in an Egyptian style, and the keepers' cottages also appear to have followed suit. The head keeper's house has been converted in to a museum. Two self-catering cottages are in the enclosed courtyard, each sleeping four/six (with high chair, 'white boxes', video, etc) £235-£525 per week.
Keeper West Cottage: 2 Bedrooms – 1 Double, 1 Bunk, Dogs Welcome Cot & High Chair on Request, Linen for Double Bed & Electricity Inclusive Encompassing entrances to both the lighthouse and the cottages is a walled, cobbled courtyard. The superbly furnished cottage was originally home to one of the Keeper’s of the lighthouse. Snuggled on the most westerly point of the British mainland and situated directly below the humbling heights of the magnificent Ardnamurchan Lighthouse, it is a spectacular place to stay.
All on ground floor, a kitchen with dining area, living room and a bathroom with shower. Keeper’s West has a double bedroom with king size bed and a bedroom with bunks for two.
The Northern Lighthouse Board working in partnership with the Ardnamurchan Trust have opened Ardnamurchan Lighthouse to the public for tours during the summer season. There is also an excellent Visitors Centre and Tea room. The panoramic views of the Hebrides are unsurpassed and the surrounding area abounds in wildlife. The site for the lighthouse was chosen in 1845 and 20 acres of land was bought for the sum of £20.00. The land was owned by Mr Alexander Cameron who was also paid, rather grudgingly, £58.00 for any inconvenience during building operations.
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