Stoer Head Lighthouse
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: A typical Stevenson lighthouse in a dramtic coastal location
The headland at Stoer was one of 45 sites around the coastline of Scotland identified by the Stevensons as potential hazards to shipping. The lighthouse was built in 1870 and was manned until 1978 when the light was automated. Now the light is operated from Edinburgh and only visited occasionally for essential maintenance. The lights are sealed beam electric lights, of the sort used in automobile headlamps.
FACTS AND FIGURES
- The light flashes white every 15 secs and has a range of 24 nautical miles
- The lighthouse has a total elevation of 59 metres
- The tower is 14 metres high
- Built in 1870
The lighthouse buildings are not generally open to the public, but I've included Stoer Lighthouse in this guide because it is a good example of the sort of lighthouses that the Stevensons built in remote areas all across Scotland. And the location is wonderful, so it deserves to be visited!
From the lighthouse parking area, there is a trail along the cliffs north to a sea stack known as the Old Man of Stoer.
There are no facilities at Stoer, though if the weather is decent a local coffee van may make an appearance.
I had a chance to chat with the operator of the coffee van (while sheltering from the cold and wrapping my hands around a warm cup of coffee!). She told me that she has seen people pull up in a car, get out, take one photo, get back in, and drive away. Yikes! It's a bit more interesting than that, really!
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About Stoer Head Lighthouse
Address: Stoer, Sutherland, Scotland, IV27 4JH
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: At the end of a minor road north of Stoer township. Well signposted. Free parking. Exterior only.
Website: Stoer Head Lighthouse
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Old Man of Stoer - 1.6 miles (Countryside)
Clachtoll Broch - 3.8 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Culag Woods - 8.8 miles (Countryside)
Falls of Kirkaig - 11.5 miles (Countryside)
Little Assynt (Leitir Easaidh) - 11.6 miles (Countryside)
North West Highlands Geo Park - 14.5 miles (Countryside)
Wailing Widow Falls - 15 miles (Countryside)
Ardvreck Castle - 15.7 miles (Castle)
Nearest Accommodation to Stoer Head Lighthouse:
Nearby accommodation is calculated 'as the crow flies' from Stoer Head 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.