Muckle Flugga Lighthouse

Haroldswick, United Kingdom

Muckle Flugga lighthouse was designed and built by the brothers Thomas and David Stevenson in 1854, originally to protect ships during the Crimean War. First lit on 1 January 1858, it stands 20 m high, has 103 steps to the top, and is Britain's most northerly lighthouse. In March 1995 it was fully automated.

In 1851 it was decided to build a lighthouse on north Unst but, because of difficulties in determining the exact location, nothing had been done by the start of 1854. During the Crimean War, the government urged the commissioners to set up a light on Muckle Flugga to protect Her Majesty's ships. A temporary lighthouse 15 m high was built 61 m above sea level and lit on 11 October 1854. It was thought to be high and safe enough to withstand the elements, but when winter storms began waves broke heavily on the tower and burst open the door to the living quarters. The principal keeper reported that 12 m of stone dyke had been broken down, and the keepers had no dry place to sit or sleep. Plans were made for a higher and more permanent lighthouse, but there were still disagreements about where to locate it, Muckle Flugga or Lamba Ness. The orders to start the work on the new Muckle Flugga tower were finally given in June 1855. The lighthouse's original name was 'North Unst', but in 1964 that was changed to 'Muckle Flugga'.



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Founded: 1855-1857
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in United Kingdom


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Roger Unwin (5 months ago)
What a magical place especially when the weather is good.
Mansfield Cabs Has now Closedown (7 months ago)
Use a kayak to get there, weather conditions was good and 16c, it tuck 1 hour from the old lifeboat station (muckle flugga shore station) (what 3 words= tree.speedily.test)
Paul Cox (11 months ago)
Well worth the walk for such beautiful views along the way.
Roberto Pappalardo (2 years ago)
Incredible place to reach starting from Sardinia with 6mt 40HP rib. Northernmost point of the UK along with Out Stack Island. The “impossible lighthouse”, an exciting place also for what it represents.
Mike McElhaney (3 years ago)
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