is said by some to be 'the edge of the world'. It is one of Britain's most
remotest islands and is primarily a nature reserve for birds. It is situated
24 miles west of West Burra and about 20 miles west of the Shetland mainland
and is accessible by ferry, although this is dependent on weather
The lighthouse is located at the south point
of the island, accessible via a hiking trail.
It was built as a gas powered major light in
1986 and has never been manned. It was built because of the increase in oil
tanker traffic using the west coast route, other lights at other points were
also established at the same time. Since 2000 it has been powered by 36
solar powered panels although this is backed up with 4 small wind
It was the last major lighthouse to be built
on the Shetland Isles.
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