Rinns of Islay facts for kids
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|Coordinates||55°40′23″N 6°30′47″W / 55.673122°N 6.513112°W|
|Year first constructed||1825|
|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)|
|Range||24 nautical miles (44 km; 28 mi)|
|Characteristic||Fl W 5s.|
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.