Stoer Head Lighthouse
Lighthouse in Sutherland
Stoer Head Lighthouse was built on Stoer Head by brothers David and Thomas Stevenson in 1870 after being identified as one of forty-five sites in Scotland where a lighthouse was necessary to protect shipping. The lighthouse is 45 feet (14 m) high, making it squat in appearance, but the height of the cliffs on which it sits means it can be seen at a distance of 24 miles (39 km) out at sea. The lighthouse was manned by a Principal lighthouse keeper and assistant until 1978, when it was automated.