One of the many pleasures of living by the sea is the presence of lighthouses. Already as a wee boy I was fascinated by the lighthouse in a nearby coastal village and the admiration for these guides in the night has remained my entire life. Little did I know back then that I would be living next to a lighthouse on Islay later on in life. During our time in Portnahaven the lighthouse was a comforting companion during the dark and windy nights when its light flashed every few seconds and lit the dark bedroom. With only 13 metres the Loch Indaal lighthouse near Port Charlotte is a great deal smaller than the Rhinns Lighthouse on Orsay island but it still is a respectable lighthouse, Its light however does not reach our bedroom. Loch Indaal lighthouse was built by the Stevenson brothers just as a few other lighthouses on Islay and it flashes every 7 seconds, white or red, depending on the direction. The Loch Indaal lighthouse is an automated light and serviced by the Northern Lighthouse Board. This lighthouse, same as many others, is pure white and set against the sometimes dark blue skies it’s a great building to […]
A welcome landmark when you arrive by ferry in Port Ellen Islay is the beautiful Carraig Fhada lighthouse. It has a unique design and consists of two attached square towers. The Carraig Fhada lighthouse was commissioned by Walter Frederick Campbell in 1832 to commemorate Lady Ellenor Campbell to whom the village of Port Ellen across the bay was named after as well. The pictures in the rotating gallery were taken on a very quiet morning in April when the sun was trying it’s best to burn away the clouds. It did not succeed but the soft light through the milky clouds was breathtaking.