Neist Point Lighthouse, Isle of Skye, Scotland.
When Neist Point Lighthouse was built in the early 20th century, is cost just over £4000. When the lantern, which was made by Dove&Co, was delivered the cost increased to around £5500. When I checked on the inter-web that is around £600,000 to £700,000 today. Seems like a bargain?
The engineer in charge was David A. Stevenson who was part of a famous clan of lighthouse builders. And, of course a relative of Robert Louis Stevenson who needs no introduction from me.
The light house is still operational today. It still helps ships captains to calculate or confirm their position. As they look towards the tower with its wee bright light flashing every 5 seconds. They know that it can be relied upon, after all its been going since 1909. From the bridge of a super-tanker to the deck of week end yacht heading back to Portree ...its good to know even if they are surrounded by radar and plotters, there is something out there that is real. Something to rely on.
If exploring around Neist please take good care there are many places that are exposed to the wind, the sea and dangerous cliffs. Please check some of the many guidesthat have been published about walking to Neist Point. Please note that the buildings around the lighthouse tower are in private ownership. Neist Point Lighthouse is not open to visitors.
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