Ardnamurchan Lighthouse & Visitor Centre

Ardnamurchan Lighthouse & Visitor Centre This community-owned visitor centre can be found amid wonderful scenery on the Ardnamurchan peninsula
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Our cafe and visitor facilities are open from 1st April to 31st October. In non-COVID seasons, the Ardnamurchan Lighthouse Trust run daily tours to the top of the tower. PLEASE NOTE: as this is an operational lighthouse, tours may be cancelled when essential maintenance is required. The old 'Stable Block' houses a charming coffee shop where you can buy hot drinks, snacks, home baking and ice cream

; to be enjoyed inside or in our outdoor seating area. At the north end of the coffee shop we retail a range of souvenirs, crafts & books.

30/05/2024
24/05/2024

Stevie is doing the lighthouse tours today. He got this video of the Waverley passing the light with dolphins bow riding & a piper playing in the background!
Cracker, Stevie! 💪

The good weather continues…. another cracker of a morning at the lighthouse.Despite some periodic road closures on the B...
21/05/2024

The good weather continues…. another cracker of a morning at the lighthouse.

Despite some periodic road closures on the B8007 (to allow tarring) the number of visitors we have been welcoming is well up on previous years.

Our staff are working hard to keep everyone in coffee, sandwiches & cakes!

Head west for a coffee with a view!

Another fine day! Hopefully a busy one.Stevie is up the tower, Susan in the coffee shop & I’m at one of my least favouri...
17/05/2024

Another fine day! Hopefully a busy one.

Stevie is up the tower, Susan in the coffee shop & I’m at one of my least favourite jobs… sorting the cardboard, plastic etc for recycling…. Still there are worse places to be doing it!

Have a great weekend! 😊

Ted is doing a bit of ‘traffic light’ duty this morning.For any new visitors it’s useful to know there is a reasonably l...
15/05/2024

Ted is doing a bit of ‘traffic light’ duty this morning.

For any new visitors it’s useful to know there is a reasonably long period when the light is red (2mins15secs maximum)

This is to allow time for the larger campervans to negotiate the narrow causeway.

Please be patient…. Enjoy the view and move through to our carpark on the green light!

Looking like we’re going to have a warm, sunny day after the rain of yesterday. 😊

Christina , has been with us for the last week hoping to catch sight of John Coe & Aquarius. No luck so far. 🤞the boys c...
11/05/2024

Christina , has been with us for the last week hoping to catch sight of John Coe & Aquarius. No luck so far.

🤞the boys continue in a southerly track from Skye & we will get to see them today.

No Orca last night but Christina did get some excellent shots of na Fir-chlis above the light.

09/05/2024

Charles Stevenson, 1855-1950

Charles Stevenson, like his brother, graduated with a BSc in Engineering from the University of Edinburgh in 1877. The brothers travelled to America together soon after Charles graduated to observe international engineering practices and inventions. On returning to Scotland, Charles joined the family firm to complete his training as an engineer. He was made a partner in 1887. On the death of Alan Brebner in 1890, the brothers changed the name of the firm to D. & C. Stevenson.

Where David focused on lighthouse work, Charles was responsible for much of the other business conducted by the firm. During the 1870s and 1880s, the brothers worked alongside their father and uncle across Scotland, although the firm increasingly specialised in engineering related to water. Ongoing development and repair works to small local harbours continued to provide much of their daily work. They were involved, for example, in harbour works at the Port of Ness in Lewis (1883-1891), Balintore on the Moray Firth (1888-1893), Brodick on Arran (1898), Nairn (1891-1901) and Pittenweem in Fife (1902-1929). The Stevensons were also consulted on the extension of sewers in Edinburgh and contributed to debates over the Glasgow water supply from 1884-1886. They worked on various other water supply schemes for smaller cities and towns. Another major project was the development of plans for a major ship canal from the Forth to the Clyde via Loch Long and Loch Lomond which was never built.

Charles was constantly working on innovative design ideas and new technologies and was a regular writer in Nature and other scientific periodicals. Having observed new technologies on his travels including Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone, Charles pushed for the development of better technology in Scottish lighthouses, particularly fog horns and flashing river buoys. He was particularly interested in sound engineering and, in 1893, published a paper for the Royal Society of Edinburgh describing how he had transmitted sound across space without wires. Later innovations included remote controls to activate equipment and the ‘talking beacon’- invented in collaboration with his son D. Alan - which allowed ships in thick fog to plot their location from radio signals.

Charles retired in 1940, having set up a new partnership with his son in 1936, A. & C. Stevenson, which Alan carried on without him.

National Library of Scotland

Doing a bit of catching up this evening as I had to go & deal with a tricky calving earlier on.May evenings at the light...
07/05/2024

Doing a bit of catching up this evening as I had to go & deal with a tricky calving earlier on.

May evenings at the light are something special!
😊❤️

It’s taken a while for the sun to appear through the morning mist.Warming up nicely now.We had a very busy day yesterday...
05/05/2024

It’s taken a while for the sun to appear through the morning mist.
Warming up nicely now.

We had a very busy day yesterday & are hoping for the same today.

The 1 o’clock tour yesterday were treated to a swim past by a fairly big pod (15-20) of bottlenose dolphins . 🤞they show up again today

Having a fairly quiet day up the tower today. Weather is pretty good & Susan is busy in the coffee shop.Have decided tha...
03/05/2024

Having a fairly quiet day up the tower today. Weather is pretty good & Susan is busy in the coffee shop.

Have decided that perhaps word has got out that our main guide, Stevie is off for a few days for his daughter’s wedding.

It’s still worth a trip up the lighthouse even with the ‘reserve’ guide on duty! Views are spectacular

All setup for the day.One or two whale watchers arriving already. Hoping to see John Coe & Aquarius . Ted is joining in ...
02/05/2024

All setup for the day.

One or two whale watchers arriving already. Hoping to see John Coe & Aquarius . Ted is joining in to the spirit of things & doing a wee bit of whale watching of his own.

Looks like it’s going to be a warm & sunny day. Perfect for coffee, ice cream & cake at the lighthouse.

See you later! 😊😊

A fine, bright Sunday at the lighthouse.Tours of the tower every 30 minutes until 4pmSam on cafe duties, I’m up the towe...
28/04/2024

A fine, bright Sunday at the lighthouse.

Tours of the tower every 30 minutes until 4pm

Sam on cafe duties, I’m up the tower and Ted is in charge of ‘welcoming protocols’

Have a great day!

26/04/2024

We’re very
sorry to say that we won’t be able to offer tours up the lighthouse tomorrow (Saturday).

We try our best to staff the complex adequately but as a small community it’s difficult for us to staff all the posts all of the time

Tours will resume on Sunday at 11am

Coffee , cake etc available from 10 am tomorrow…….

Looks like we’re going to have another fine day at the lighthouse as we head into the Mull Music Festival weekend. Atmos...
26/04/2024

Looks like we’re going to have another fine day at the lighthouse as we head into the Mull Music Festival weekend. Atmosphere is as clear as it gets & the views out to Barra & Uist are fantastic.

The last 10 dry & sunny days have dried the ground out a fair bit. Primroses showing well in the walled gardens but we’re still a week away from any significant growth in the grass. Things should begin to look much greener by next weekend.

Hopefully see some of you down for a coffee or a tour up the tower.

We’ve had a wee bit of a challenging week so far, with some problems with the water supply coupled with staff illness.We...
24/04/2024

We’ve had a wee bit of a challenging week so far, with some problems with the water supply coupled with staff illness.
We’re still up & running…. the weather is pretty good and the visitors are beginning to arrive!
Ted is chilling outside the coffee shop. Sam working hard behind the counter & Stevie running the tours up the lighthouse.

Saturday 20thUnfortunately we won’t be able to do tours of the lighthouse today due to staff shortage.Tours will resume ...
20/04/2024

Saturday 20th

Unfortunately we won’t be able to do tours of the lighthouse today due to staff shortage.

Tours will resume at 11am tomorrow (Sunday) , running every 30 minutes until 4pm.

With the ladders into the watch room & lightroom we have set a minimum height of 1metre for anyone climbing the tower.

That’s us set up for the day. Time for a quick coffee.A big improvement on yesterday’s weather! Hopefully we will see a ...
19/04/2024

That’s us set up for the day. Time for a quick coffee.

A big improvement on yesterday’s weather! Hopefully we will see a few visitors today. Stevie is doing the tours while Susan is on coffee shop duties. I’m planning a bit of painting 😊

A pod of bottlenose dolphin (5or6) just headed north round the point.. too slow with my phone to get a pic I’m afraid

A wet & windy day at the lighthouse for the unveiling of Ian’s plaque.A big turnout demonstrated the affection in which ...
14/04/2024

A wet & windy day at the lighthouse for the unveiling of Ian’s plaque.

A big turnout demonstrated the affection in which Ian was held in our community. We all miss him very much and his massive contribution to our work at the lighthouse won’t be forgotten.

Many thanks to all who attended & a special thanks to Calum MacColl for the fine pipe tunes. ‘Ardnamurchan Point’ was one of Ian’s favourites & it was very appropriate that as Calum played, the NLB tender, MV Pole Star rounded the point.

Time to head home after a day of mixed weather.
13/04/2024

Time to head home after a day of mixed weather.

13/04/2024
After a fairly wet & miserable Wednesday we are anticipating a much better day today. The sun is trying to break through...
11/04/2024

After a fairly wet & miserable Wednesday we are anticipating a much better day today. The sun is trying to break through and Ted is hoping for a day of stick (kelp) throwing.. he’s patiently waiting for the first families to arrive 😊

09/04/2024

Storm Kathleen at Ardnamurchan Lighthouse. Taken on Sunday during my current Lighthouses and Castles of Scotland workshop.

© Guy Edwardes Photography

'He was some man'Come and join us at the Lighthouse on 14th April at 2:00pm for the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate...
09/04/2024

'He was some man'
Come and join us at the Lighthouse on 14th April at 2:00pm for the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate Ian Ramon’s contribution to our Lighthouse, firstly as a keeper, then as a tour guide and volunteer site maintenance man.
Ian’s grandchildren will unveil the plaque.

That’s us closing up for the day. Sam has been busy making coffee while I’ve been shouting above the noise of the wind u...
07/04/2024

That’s us closing up for the day. Sam has been busy making coffee while I’ve been shouting above the noise of the wind up the tower 🥴🥴
Lovely light on the water looking down towards Port Min

07/04/2024

A noisy old lightroom today. Still one or two coasters dodging round the point… decks are getting a decent wash

07/04/2024

Sounds a bit more dramatic than it is! A fine morning to be out west

25/03/2024

We will be opening for the season at 10am on Friday 29th March.

Coffee Shop will be open 10am until 5pm daily.

The first tour of the lighthouse will be 11am . Last tour starts at 4pm.
We hope to be able to offer tours 7days/week but this may change depending on staffing levels.

Looking forward to seeing everyone!

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