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Name: Start Point Lighthouse (Scotland)  

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Nearest Town or City:
Sandquoy, , United Kingdom

Location: Start Island, off eastern end of Isle of Sanday, Orkney Islands, north of Scotland.

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Photo: John Mobbs
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Managing Organization:
Northern Lighthouse Board


Contact Address Information:
84 George Street
United Kingdom

This lighthouse was designed by engineers Thomas Smith and Robert Stevenson.

Tower Height: 75

Height of Focal Plane: 79

Characteristic and Range: Flashing White (2) every 20 seconds, visible for 18 nautical miles.

Description of Tower: Conical tower with black and white vertical stripes.

This light is operational

Date Established: 1806

Date Present Tower Built: 1870

Date Automated: 1962

Current Use: Active aid to navigation.

Open To Public? Grounds only.

If you wish to cross the tidal causeway from the Sanday Trail to Start Island and the lighthouse, accurate tidal information is required. It is a 25 minutes walk each way. Keep strictly to the path as the rest of Start Island is private property. Visitors wishing to see the interior of the lighthouse must be accompanied.


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