Carraig Fhada Lighthouse, Islay
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The unusual design is on an L-plan, 3 storeys high, with a main block 5.5m square and a 3.4m stair tower in the north east angle. The stair is a stone turnpike design, ascending to a landing below the second floor. From there a ladder gives access to a flat roof where a beacon and lens is mounted. In the east wall of the first flor room is a large chimney piece in Gothic style. The lighthouse stands 17m (57 feet) high. There is no lantern, instead, a signal light shines from a mast on top of the tower.
Over the doorway is a lengthy inscription which reads,
"Ye who mid storms and tempests stray in
dangers midnight hour.
Behold where shines this friendly ray and
hail its guardian tower.
Tis but faint emblem of her light my fond
and faithful guide.
Whose sweet example meekin bright led
through this worlds eventful tide my happy course aright.
of bliss above.
Still to my heart blest influence gives and
prompts to deeds of love.
Tis she that bids me on the steep kindle this
To light the wanderer o`er the deep who safe
shall bless her name.
So may sweet virtue lead your way that
when life`s voyage is o`er.
Secure like her with her you may attain the
From the shore a trail leads around the coast to a sheltered beach known as the Singing Sands, whee the action of the waves at certain times shifts the sand in a way that produces an unusual sound, somewhat imaginatively labelled as 'singing'.
Because Islay is an island the 'nearest accommodation' properties listed below may not be on Islay itself but on the Scottish mainland. The best source we have found for accommodation on the island is Isle of Islay.com, a dedicated local website offering a wonderful mix of local information, history, activities, and accommodation information.
About Carraig Fhada Lighthouse
Address: Port Ellen, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: Up a track south of Kilnaughton burial ground, just west of Port Ellen. Open access to the exterior.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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Nearest Accommodation to Carraig Fhada Lighthouse:
Nearby accommodation is calculated 'as the crow flies' from Carraig Fhada Lighthouse. 'Nearest' may involve a long drive up and down glens or, if you are near the coast, may include a ferry ride! Please check the property map to make sure the location is right for you.
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Bowmore (Isle of Islay)
Tourist Information Centre
Isle of Islay
Argyll and Bute
Tel: 01496 810 254