New solar-powered light tower switched on at Corran Narrows

Work underway on the new lighthouse at Corran Narrows, and which went operational on Sunday. NO F14 Corran lighthouse 01
Work underway on the new lighthouse at Corran Narrows, and which went operational on Sunday. Photograph: Northern Lighthouse Board. NO F14 Corran lighthouse 01

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A new light that will enable larger cruise ships to pass safely through the Corran Narrows became operational for the first time on Sunday.

Rubha Cuil-Cheanna on Loch Linnhe will be the 207th lighthouse which the Northern Lighthouse Board currently operates and is known as a SPLAT (solar powered lattice aluminium tower).

The new solar-powered tower at Corran Narrows. NO F14 Corran lighthouse 03
The new solar-powered tower at Corran Narrows. Photograph: Northern Lighthouse Board.

As its name suggests, the Corran Narrows is a narrow channel with strong tidal streams which together present additional challenges for navigation.

This directional sector light, which is co-located with an all-round light, has been built to support south-bound traffic through the Corran Narrows, specifically larger cruise vessels returning from Fort William.