Ardnamurchan Lighthouse marks 25-year anniversary as visitor attraction

The Ardnamurchan Lighthouse open day attracted a large crowd. Photograph: Steven Marshall. NO F25 Ardnamurchan Lighthouse
The Ardnamurchan Lighthouse open day attracted a large crowd. Photograph: Steven Marshall. NO F25 Ardnamurchan Lighthouse

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Ardnamurchan Lighthouse is one of the most iconic and often photographed landmarks in the Lochaber area.

Standing at the most westerly point of mainland Britain, the south coast of the peninsula looks across towards the Isle of Mull, while to the north the isles of Skye, Rum, Eigg and Muck are visible on all but the most misty days.

The lighthouse has stood marking Ardnamurchan point for just such misty conditions since 1849 when it was built from Isle of Mull granite.

Like all lighthouses in Scotland it is now an automated lighthouse but still fully
functional in keeping seafarers off the wild west coast of Scotland safe.

On Sunday June 19, an open day celebration at the lighthouse marked 25 years since the structure was opened as a visitor attraction, passing into community ownership in 2020.

The lighthouse attracts many visitors each year to learn about the history of the building, take a tour of the iconic tower, enjoy refreshments or peruse the gift shop at the visitor centre or enjoy the stunning views across to the isles and spot wildlife with regular sightings of sea birds and cetaceans reported.

Sunday was a lovely sunny day and the lighthouse was busy as visitors flocked to
celebrate.

Stalls of local crafts and produce, live music, a soundscape workshop with
readings of Gaelic poems and memories of the lighthouse and members of the
Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust were on hand with binoculars to help with wildlife
spotting.

Chairman of the Ardnamurchan Lighthouse Trust Ritchie Dinnes said: ‘Thank you to all past and present trustees who have contributed over the past 25 years, all who helped with the community buyout in 2020 and a special mention to the visitor centre manager, Davie Ferguson, who goes above and beyond in his work.’

Mr Dinnes also welcomed everyone who had attended the open day from the community and further afield to make the day a great success.