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Rubha Reidh Lighthouse

A Category B Listed Building in Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh, Highland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.8606 / 57°51'37"N

Longitude: -5.8075 / 5°48'26"W

OS Eastings: 174232

OS Northings: 892031

OS Grid: NG742920

Mapcode National: GBR D71Y.GNH

Mapcode Global: WGZ63.RPQD

Entry Name: Rubha Reidh Lighthouse

Listing Date: 1 July 2004

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 397573

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB49894

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Gairloch

County: Highland

Electoral Ward: Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh

Traditional County: Ross-shire

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Description

Lighthouse complex: completed 1912, engineer David A Stevenson, consisting of white tower, 25 metres high; 2-storey, 2-bay accommodation block with single storey, single bay wings (all with flat roofs), one with modern glazed lean-to extension; compound enclosed by boundary wall. All whitewashed with yellow painted detailing to long and short quoins, window and door surrounds, base course and cornice etc. Part of the quarter deck (attached to tower), including the foghorn house was removed in 1986.

A concrete jetty lies approximately 400 metres north east of the lighthouse and is connected to the lighthouse by a single trackway. A tramway ran along the incline to the jetty from the haulage engine house, the tramway was removed sometime after 1968. The lighthouse overlooks the Minch and the entrance to Loch Ewe.

Statement of Interest

Information from the NLB: A lighthouse was first proposed for Rubh'Re Point by David Stevenson in 1853. In 1908, £14,900 was sanctioned by the Board of Trade and the lighthouse was completed in 1912.

Rubha Reidh is an example of the final evolution of the classic Stevenson's on-shore manned lighthouse facility.

It is possibly the last circular cross-section major lighthouse tower built by a Stevenson in mainland Scotland and is one of the last few classic lighthouse compounds built before World War I. Major lights such as Esha Ness and Duncansby Head, that were built after World War I, were of a significantly different design.

NRMS archive includes plans signed by D A Stevenson, dated 1908 and 1909 showing the proposed site of the lighthouse with access to the jetty, designs for the gatepiers and gates to the compound, plans and elevations for various parts of the compound including the horn house and the lantern dome, and also details for the stairs by Walter Macfarlane & Co, Saracen Foundry, Glasgow and a 1980 photographic record of the jetty and tramway.

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