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Ardnamurchan Lighthouse
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Ardnamurchan Lighthouse

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Location Lochaber
Coordinates 56°43′38″N 6°13′34″W / 56.7271°N 6.2260°W / 56.7271; -6.2260
Year first constructed 1849
Automated 1988
Construction granite tower
Tower shape Cylindrical Tower with balcony and lantern attached to 1-storey keeper's house
Markings / pattern unpainted grey tower, black lantern
Height 36 metres (118 ft)
Focal height 55 metres (180 ft)
Range 24 nautical miles (44 km; 28 mi)
Characteristic Fl (2) W 20s.
Admiralty number A4082
NGA number 4016
ARLHS number SCO-005

Ardnamurchan Lighthouse is a listed 19th century lighthouse, located on Ardnamurchan Point in Lochaber part of the Highland council area of Scotland. The lighthouse with its 36-metre-tall (118 ft), pink granite tower was completed in 1849 to a design by Alan Stevenson. It is the only lighthouse in the UK built in the Egyptian style. Mains electricity was installed in 1976, the light was automated in 1988 and is now operated remotely by the Northern Lighthouse Board from Edinburgh.

The former keepers' cottages and outbuildings are owned by the Ardnamurchan Lighthouse Trust and operated as a visitor centre, with a museum called the 'Kingdom of Light' - Rioghachd na Sorcha. Exhibits detail the history and operations of the lighthouse, including access to the restored engine room and workshop with the original fog horn. Other displays include the geology and natural history of the area, and local social history and culture.

A part-time light keeper is retained by the Northern Lighthouse Board who is based at Ardnamurchan and who also looks after Rubha nan Gall and Corran Point lighthouses. Less maintenance is required with the introduction of LED lights. At Ardnamurchan the power is only 48 watts although in 2019 it was increased to 72 watts.

The last part of the computer game Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened takes place in this lighthouse.

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