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Ornsay Lighthouse

Sleet of Sound, Inverness-shire

Location Guide

The lighthouse is on a small tidal islet called Eilean Sionnach just off Ornsay, which is accessible on foot at low tide. It is within the Sleet of Sound off the Isle of Skye. To reach the lighthouse, after you cross the Skye Bridge, drive south to the village of Sleat. Or if you are feeling fit you can take a popular walk of 12 miles. 

Photo by John Allan

It was built by David Stevenson and became operation in 1857. It was automated in 1962 and was converted to a gas light and mains electricity in 1988.

Photo by Anne MacKenzie

Lighthouse information Grid


Ornsay Lighthouse, Sleat of Sound, Inverness-shire

Current status:


Geographic Position:

57 08.602'N   005 46.869'W

Grid Reference:


Ceremonial County:



White tower

Map Link:

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Aerial photo:

Marinas.com       Marinas.com (beacon)

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Originally built:


Current lighthouse built:


Height of Tower:

19 metres

Height of light above mean sea level:

18 metres

Character of light:

Occulting White every 8 secs

Character of fog signal:


Range of light:

15 nautical miles

Owned / run by:

Northern Lighthouse Board

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