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Beacons of the Bass Rock and the Isle of May

Beacons of the Bass Rock and the Isle of May

One of the outlying beacons of the wind-swept Firth of Forth is the Bass Rock lighthouse (bottom), which is built on an island off the Haddirigtonshire coast, opposite Tantallon Castle. Further north, off the Ness of Fife, is the Isle of May (top). On this island was set up in 1636 what is supposed to have been the earliest coastal light in Scotland, an open coal fire or choffer, which was kept burning for the long period of 180 years, a levy being made on the Forth shipping for its upkeep. The existing lighthouse was erected in 1816.

Other pictures from The Coastwise Lights of Britain


Girdleness, a beacon for Abeerdeen on the Soil of Kincardineshire

Inchkeith in the Firth of Forth, and the Bell Rock

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