Bell Rock Lighthouse

Northern Lighthouse Board

 

Bell Rock Lighthouse is being celebrated after 200 years in existence.  February 1st marks the anniversary of when the first light went forth from the lighthouse.

On the 17th August, 1807, 24 men sailed out 11 miles from Arbroath to the Inchcape Rock (now known as Bell Rock) to build the lighthouse.  Unfortunately, the rock’s surface is only uncovered at low tide and at high water, it submerges to around 16 feet.  Building the lighthouse took four years to complete and it wasn’t until February 1811 that the light first shone out.  The designer/engineer behind the building was Robert Stevenson (1772-1850), grandfather of well -known writer Robert Louis Stevenson.

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 So Arbroath is going to throw a party to celebrate 200 years of faithful service both by the lighthouse and those who have worked on or at the lighthouse.  This will include boat trips around the Bell Rock, fireworks, a yacht regatta, concerts, talks and a special service in memory of all those who have lost their lives there.

A well-written review was written in the Scotsman:   http://heritage.scotsman.com/heritage/Rock-of-Ages-The-Bell.6706557.jp .

There is also a good movie clip at http://www.angusahead.com/Videos/year-of-the-light-movie.asp.

I’ll just finish up with a youtube video from Scotland Revealed that explains some of the history and also what it was like to work at the lighthouse.  (I’ve just tried myself and it doesn’t work from my blog but if you click on it, it will take you to youtube  🙂 )

Rua Reidh Lighthouse

Have you ever dreamed of staying at a lighthouse on a remote peninsula in Scotland?  Rua Reidh lighthouse is located in the Northwest Highlands, 12 miles from the village of Gairloch and three miles from the closest house.  You can get away from it all and stay there with either meals provided or self catering.

It was built in 1910 by a cousin of Robert Louis Stevenson and is now fully automated, which allows the keeper’s house within the lighthouse compound to be converted for accommodation.  The centre also has a drying room, conservatory, two sitting rooms with log burning fires, books and games for all tastes and a magnificent view out over the Minch to Skye and the Western Isles.

(Conservatory, Bedroom, Sitting Room)

You have the option to stay in the whole house or to just take a room.  If you take a room, you can decide between twin/double rooms with ensuite facilites or shared bathrooms.  They also have family bedrooms, each with a double bed and set of bunkbeds.  All rooms have central heating and tea/coffee making facilities.  If you rent the whole house, you get four family rooms, 4 double rooms, a three bunkbed room, two sitting rooms, large conservatory dining room with tables and chairs and a kitchen.  Great for a big party of friends or family!

 

From the lighthouse, you can see whales, otters, dolphins, basking shark and atlantic seals when the sea is not too rough.  Coastal plant life can be found on the cliffs, along with nesting fulmars, shags and kittiwakes and the moors behind the lighthouse are home to seabirds, wading birds, flora and fauna.  The seas of the Minch, pounding on the rocks of Rua Reidh, are full of life and there are vast stretches of countryside where wild deer and goats roam and where the golden eagle can be seen.

 

I have taken the pictures and information from http://www.ruareidh.co.uk/index.htm and http://www.gairloch.org/lighthouse-holidays/.