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Looking across the eastern part of the Rinns from Beinn Tart A' Mhill, the highest point in the area, across the seaward end of Loch Indaal towards the Mull of Oa
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Rinns of Islay Lighthouse
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Orsay Lighthouse

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Location Orsay Isle
Inner Hebrides
United Kingdom
Coordinates 55°40′23″N 6°30′47″W / 55.673122°N 6.513112°W / 55.673122; -6.513112
Year first constructed 1825
Automated 1998
Construction masonry tower
Tower shape cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / pattern white tower, black lantern, ochre trim
Height 29 metres (95 ft)
Focal height 46 metres (151 ft)
Intensity 600.000 candela
Range 24 nautical miles (44 km; 28 mi)
Characteristic Fl W 5s.
Admiralty number A4256
NGA number 4232
ARLHS number SCO-184

The Rinns of Islay (Scottish Gaelic: Na Roinn Ìleach; alternative English spelling Rhinns of Islay) is an area on the west of the island of Islay in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland.

It is a peninsula that is attached to the main body of the island by a narrow isthmus towards its northern end. The main population centres are Port Charlotte and Portnahaven, based on the A847 that runs along its eastern coast.

It is designated a Special Protection Area due to its importance for a number of breeding and wintering birds, particularly Greenland white-fronted goose and chough. The significance of the area owes much to its wide variety of habitats including bog, moorland, dune grassland, maritime grassland, marsh and extensively-farmed agricultural land.

The Rinns of Islay lighthouse is located on the island of Orsay.

The Rhinns complex, a deformed igneous complex that is considered to form the basement to the Colonsay Group of metasedimentary rocks takes its name from the Rhinns of Islay.

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