The lighthouse was the first to be built in Shetland and is now a listed building. Designed by Robert Stevenson, grandfather to famous author Robert Louis, the building was constructed in 1821. The Lighthouse stands 299 feet (91metres) above sea level, the light is visible for up to 23 nautical miles and flashes every 30 seconds. The light is Stevenson's equiangular refractor, which has 26 reflectors instead of the normal 21. The walls were built to a double thickness in order to keep the damp out as the building is heavily exposed to the elements. Until you have stood up there and faced an Atlantic gale head on, you haven't lived.
Decaying and returning to the mother nature! I liked.
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Photo taken in Shetland Islands, UK
Sumburgh Head Lighthouse
Misplaced? Suggest new location