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Killantringan Lighthouse

aka Black Head Lighthouse


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Photo by: Gordon Brown

The 1900's opened with two new lights on the West Coast of Scotland - Tiumpan Head Lighthouse, near Stornoway and this one on Black Head, on the western side of the Rhins of Galloway about 1.5 miles north of Portpatrick in Wigtownshire. The go ahead to build a lighthouse at Blackhead was granted in 1897 and it became operational in 1900.

It was not to be long before this light proved its worth. On 26 November 1900, the Principal Lightkeeper noticed a fishing boat in distress and fired a rocket to summon the lifeboat from Portpatrick, which took the crew off and towed the boat into the harbour. There have been many incidents since then, the most recent being in 1982 when a container ship ran aground.

It was automated in 1988 but in 2005 a review took place of all navigational aids around the coast of the British Isles, both in isolation and their worth together. As a result of this it was decided that Killantringan was no longer required, so it's light was switched off on 11 July 2007 and since has been inactive.

The keeper's house is now a private residence and is holiday accommodation, but the lighthouse can be seen from nearby.

Photo by Ann Cook

Nearby lighthouses are Corsewall Lighthouse at Kirkcolm, just 15 miles away and the Mull of Galloway Lighthouse, 25 miles away.

Lighthouse information Grid


Killantringan Lighthouse, Wigtownshire

Current status:

Discontinued 2007

Geographic Position:

54 51.7'N   05 08.7'W

Grid Reference:


Ceremonial County:



White tower with 63 steps to top of tower, with lantern and gallery, attached to a 1 storey keeper's house. Lighthouse painted white with buff trim, lantern painted black.

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Originally built:


Current lighthouse built:


Height of Tower:

22 metres

Height of light above mean sea level:

49 metres

Character of light:

Was Flashing (2) White every 15 secs

Character of fog signal:


Range of light:

25 nautical miles

Owned / run by:

Northern Lighthouse Board

Getting there:

Off the B738 highway, there is also a walking trail, the first section of the Southern Upland Way, from Portpatrick which goes past it.


Site and tower closed, now privately owned, but the lighthouse can be seen from nearby. There is parking nearby for access to Killantringan Bay and it will be seen from here. A footpath also walks by it.



Other Useful Websites:

Killantringan Self Catering Accommodation

Other Relevant pages:

For more articles, lists and other information see the Lighthouses Section

Lighthouse Map of Scotland

Featured List of lighthouses - Scotland 

List of minor lighthouses and lights - Scotland  

Tiumpan Head Lighthouse

Corsewall Lighthouse

Mull of Galloway Lighthouse



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