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The Hassy, Rattray Head, Aberdeenshire
Looking south across the sand dunes at Rattray Head

Rattray Head, historically Rattray Point, is a headland in Buchan, Aberdeenshire, on the north-east coast Scotland. To north lies Strathbeg Bay and Rattray Bay is to its south. The dunes at Rattray Head beach can be up to 75 feet (23 m) high and stretch 17 miles (27 km) from St Combs to Peterhead.

Rattray Head lighthouse

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Rattray Head Lighthouse
Location Rattray Head
Coordinates 57°36′36″N 1°49′00″W / 57.610123°N 1.816557°W / 57.610123; -1.816557
Year first constructed 1895
Automated 1982
Foundation granite basement
Construction brick tower
Tower shape cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern on a conical frustum basement
Markings / pattern unpainted basement, white tower, black lantern
Height 34 metres (112 ft)
Focal height 28 metres (92 ft)
Intensity 156,000 candela
Range 24 nautical miles (44 km; 28 mi)
Characteristic Fl (3) W 30s.
Fog signal 2 blasts every 45s.
Admiralty number A3304
NGA number 2776
ARLHS number SCO-179

The 120-foot (37 m) Rattray Head lighthouse was built in 1895. It was built by the engineers and brothers David Alan Stevenson and Charles Alexander Stevenson. In February 1982 it became unmanned and self-working.

The lighthouse is accessible by way of a causeway that is usually underwater and only visible at low tide. It is wide enough for a vehicle to cross.

Remains of several shipwrecks can still be seen on the beach.

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