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Carraig Fhada lighthouse, Islay, Scotland

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THE STORY BEHIND THE PHOTOGRAPH

David RossCarraig Fhada is a ruined lighthouse just outside Port Ellen, on the magnificent island of Islay. I had seen a photo of the lighthouse in a tourist brochure and was determined to get a good photo of it myself. This view is from the shore just south of the lighthouse, around the headland from the beach called The Singing Sands. I just love the wonderful late evening light on the white painted walls of the lighthouse. If anything this photo understates just how beautiful the evening was!David Ross Photography signature

ABOUT CARRAIG FHADA LIGHTHOUSE

This striking lighthouse stands on the rocky point called Carraig Fhada, just outside Port Ellen, and has been one of the first sights of Islay that most visitors see since it was erected in 1832. The design was created by the firm of David Hamilton and Son, and was commissioned by Walter Campbell in memory of his wife, Lady Eleanor Campbell. A lengthy verse in honour of Lady Eleanor is set on a plaque above the door. The Hamilton firm also designed Lady Eleanor's casket in Bowmore Round Church. Unlike many lighthouses, the design is angular, almost square (in stark contrast to Bowmore's famous church!). In 1924 operation of the lighthouse was taken over by the Northern Lighthouse board, who automated the operation, so that there was no lighthouse keeper needed. In 1963 the light was converted to run on propane.

FACTS AND FIGURES
The lighthouse is L-shaped in layout, and three storey's high, with a parapet above the main block, which is about 5.5 metres square at the base. The projecting stair tower is roughly 3.4 metres square in plan. The walls, which catch the evening sun so beautifully, are of limewashed rubble masonry. The west doorway and internal chimney block are in Gothic style, and most of the windows are round-headed single light openings, with the exception of an oriel window on the south wall of the second storey.

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