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Out Skerries Lighthouse

Shetland Isles

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The Out Skerries are a group of small islands northeast of the main Shetland group. The lighthouse is located on Bound Skerry, a small island at the extreme eastern end of this group.

The first light was a temporary structure built on the island of Grunay in 1854. The permanent building being built and coming operational in 1858 on Bound Skerry.

There is no keeper's house, the keepers formerly lived on the nearby island of Grunay.

During the second world war this light station was machine gunned in 1941 by a German submarine, but it escaped significant damage, with just one person being injured. In 1942 two bombs were dropped but they missed and fell into the sea, a third bomb however hit the Boatman's hut, the house being completely demolished and the boatman's' mother lost her life.

It was automated in 1972.




Photo by Joost

A view from the boat approaching Out Skerries. Photo by Mike Hackston

Lighthouse information Grid


Out Skerries Lighthouse, Shetland Isles

Current status:


Geographic Position:

60 25.469'N  000 43.683'W

Grid Reference:


Ceremonial County:

Shetland Isles


round masonry tower with lantern and gallery, painted white, lantern painted black. No keeper's house.

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Aerial photo:


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Originally built:


Current lighthouse built:


Height of Tower:

30 metres

Height of light above mean sea level:

44 metres

Character of light:

Flashing White every 20 secs

Character of fog signal:


Range of light:

20 nautical miles

Owned / run by:

Northern Lighthouse Board

Getting there:

Accessible only by boat


Site open, tower closed.



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