Eilean Glas Lighthouse was one of the original four lights commissioned by the Commissioners of the Northern Lights, and the first in the Hebrides. These lighthouses were built by Thomas Smith. Eilean Glas light was first displayed in 1789. The original tower was replaced in 1824 by Smith's stepson Robert Stevenson. In 1852 the light was changed to a revolving system lens. The lighthouse was an early candidate for automation and this was carried out in 1978. Several of the original buildings have been sold off. The fog signal was discontinued in the 1980s although the horn remains place as a decoration.

The 30-metre tower is painted with two distinctive broad red bands. Light is now from catoptric sealed beam lamps, mounted on a gear less pedestal.



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    Sacha Corby (2 months ago)
    Very cool and remote. Though be warned, the red hiking path can be pretty boggy mid November!
    Julie Smith (4 months ago)
    A 2.5mile walk along an easy underfoot path with stunning views to see the impressive lighthouse. Served drinks by a friendly lady who was doing some improvements to the old engine room / now tearoom.
    Debbie Hawker (7 months ago)
    Great lighthouse and walk out to it on Scalpay. Beautiful location and met the couple renovating some of the linked buildings who had a little tea room within all their building work and had some fantastic stories - would definitely recommend. Can turn the walk into a nice loop by doing the direct walk to the lighthouse and the coastal route back.
    Derek Jenkins (2 years ago)
    Lovely walk to the lighthouse approx 2 km from the car park over mixed terrain. The lighthouse itself was closed as it appears to be undergoing a renovation but you can still walk around the outside. The views are spectacular and a good opportunity to try and sea some seals and dolphins.
    martin lane (2 years ago)
    Lovely walk in 2 directions that both end up in the same place, due to covid quite a bit was closed while I was there, that could have changed now, beautiful views over the sea, saw a lovely tall ship that sailed from Tarbet harbour.
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