Muckle Skerry facts for kids
|Pentland Skerries High and Low Lighthouses|
|Year first constructed||1794|
|Year first lit||1820s rebuilt|
|Tower shape||cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern|
|Markings / pattern||white tower, black lantern, ochre trim|
|Height||36 metres (118 ft)|
|Focal height||52 metres (171 ft)|
|Range||23 nautical miles (43 km; 26 mi)|
|Characteristic||Fl (3) W 30s.|
Muckle Skerry is the largest of the Pentland Skerries that lie off the north coast of Scotland. It is home to the Pentland Skerries Lighthouse.
Muckle Skerry lies in the Pentland Firth at . It is the westernmost of the skerries. At one kilometre (three-fifths of a mile) long and rising to a height of 20 metres (66 feet) above sea level is sizable enough to be considered an island. However the notoriously bad weather of the firth has historically rendered Muckle Skerry uninhabitable and as such it is more often thought of as a skerry.
Pentland Skerries Lighthouse
Pentland Skerries Lighthouse was constructed in 1794 by the Commissioners of the Northern Lights. The engineers were Thomas Smith and his stepson Robert Stevenson (this was the first light that Stevenson officially worked on).
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