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Sunday, 11 August 2013

West Coast of Scotland: Rua Reidh Lighthouse, Gairloch

Rua Reidh Lighthouse, Gairloch

This morning we drove up northwards along the coast from Gairloch to the very isolated Rua Reidh Lighthouse. Much of the way it's a narrow, twisting road with passing places and some pretty rickety bridges. Great views over the sea to Skye in the middle distance with Harris and Lewis on the horizon.

The lighthouse, which was manned until 1986 is now a hostel and self-catering apartments. The road up wasn't built until the 1950s – Wikipedia says 1962 but info at lighthouse goes for 1950s. Prior to that all supplies had to come by sea to a rocky jetty about 400 metres north of the lighthouse. Presumably it could only accommodate small boats and must have been very tricky in stormy weather – not at all unusual especially in winter! 

We were lucky that the weather was reasonable in the morning as it turned into a pig of an early afternoon with heavy rain.    

 Lighthouse as a hostel plus self catering apartments

 Lighthouse and its history

A small sailing boat between mainland and Harris-Skye just on horizon

 Rocky inlet by the lighthouse

 CRM on the jetty

 The jetty (above and below)

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