uklighthousetour

One crazy lady and a bizarre obsession = an ongoing tour of the best lighthouses the UK has to offer

Links and news

Here are some sites you may find interesting if you would like to find out more about the UK’s lighthouses.

Trinity House – General Lighthouse Authority for England and Wales.

The Northern Lighthouse Board – General Lighthouse Authority for Scotland and the Isle of Man.

Commissioners of Irish Lights – General Lighthouse Authority for Ireland, including Northern Ireland.

Research and Radionavigation: General Lighthouse Authorities – Undertakes research into navigation to support the work of the UK and Ireland General Lighthouse Authorities.

Museum of Scottish Lighthouses – Contains several galleries and hosts regular events, exhibitions and open days.

The National Trust – Owner of Souter, Orford Ness and South Foreland lighthouses.

Association of Lighthouse Keepers – A forum for everyone with an interest in lighthouses, lightships and navigation aids.

Coast – BBC documentary series discovering the natural and social history of the UK’s coastline.

Current Lighthouse News

2015

25 April 2015 – Smeaton’s Tower lights to be switched on this Wednesday  – Plymouth Herald

24 April 2015 – Souter Lighthouse in South Shields celebrates 25 years of being open to the public – The Journal

10 April 2015 – Spurn Point lighthouse revamp work gets underway – BBC

9 April 2015 – Lighthouse building with links to Robert Louis Stevenson up for sale – Deadline

5 April 2015 – Concerns over future of St John’s Point lighthouse ‘sweeping beam’ – Newsletter

3 April 2015 – Seeing the light – Press and Journal

30 March 2015 – Visitor centre open – Shetland News

24 March 2015 – New visitor centre ready to open at Portland Bill Lighthouse – Dorset Echo

23 March 2015 – Roker tunnel and lighthouse a step nearer to letting people in – ITV

17 March 2015 – Souter Lighthouse sees record number of visitors – The Shields Gazette

14 March 2015 – Blast from the past: Sumburgh foghorn sounds again – The Scotsman

10 March 2015 – World’s first electric lighthouse is undergoing a spring clean – Daily Mail

9 March 2015 – Stunning Loch Ness lighthouse throws open its doors – The Press and Journal

7 March 2015 – St Mary’s Lighthouse in Whitley Bay to host stargazing event – Chronicle Live

26 February 2015 – Could Plymouth’s symbolic lighthouse be receiving an LED makeover? – ITV

21 February 2015 – Shetland foghorn sounds for first time in a generation – Aberdeen Press and Journal

19 February 2015 – Trump lodges plans to transform iconic Turnberry lighthouse – Carrick Gazette

7 February 2015 – ‘Titanic sailed past the light. It was one of the last comforting sights they saw’ – Belfast Telegraph

4 February 2015 – Work to start on Spurn Point lighthouse restoration – Hull Daily Mail

3 February 2015 – Little Ross lighthouse lens lights up Stewartry Museum – BBC

2014

17 December 2014 – Renovation of Bona Lighthouse on Loch Ness completed – BBC

11 December 2014 – The Wayfarer – An insight into Ailsa Craig’s rich history – Carrick Gazette

11 December 2014 – Somerset lighthouse one of the world’s ‘most beautiful’ – ITV

2 October 2014 – New helicopter contract for General Lighthouse Authorities – Practical Boat Owner

22 September 2014 – Burnham lighthouse trail raises final total of over £8,000 for charity – Burnham-on-Sea.com

27 June 2014 – The two-tonne lighthouse bulb at the centre of a new National Trust centre – ITV

15 June 2014 – Extra lighthouse joins Burnham trail as charity total is announced – Burnham-on-Sea.com

21 May 2014 – The race is on to save an iconic lighthouse – ITV

21 May 2014 – Storm damage at Smeaton’s stump at Eddystone rocks is revealed – Cornish Guardian

16 May 2014 – Souter Lighthouse shines once more – Sunderland Echo

13 May 2014 – Lighthouse all set to go solar – Northumberland Gazette

13 May 2014 – Bardsey Island lighthouse beam to turn from white to red – Daily Post

10 May 2014 – Documentary team investigate Flannan Isles – Stornoway Gazette

3 May 2014 – Burnham-on-Sea lighthouse trail created by arts group – BBC

2 May 2014 – Delight as Sumburgh visitor centre opens – Shetland News

25 April 2014 – Walk to see Beachy Head lighthouse’s new stripes – Sussex Express

14 April 2014 – What hidden treasures lie within Orfordness Lighthouse? Charitable trust opens the iconic landmark to the public before it’s taken by the sea – EADT

14 April 2014 – Lighthouse Trail – Irish Independent

9 April 2014 – Royal visit to Sumburgh Head – Shetland Times

8 April 2014 – White Cliffs of Dover lighthouse restoration begins – BBC

3 April 2014 – Confusion surrounds future of Godrevy Lighthouse, West Cornwall – The Cornishman

10 March 2014 – Lighthouse trail coming to Burnham-on-Sea – ITV

6 March 2014 – Take the plunge and sign up for charity’s lighthouse abseil – Isle of Man.com

4 March 2014 – Ade at Sea – ITV

3 March 2014 – Leasowe Lighthouse hosts Red Cross fancy dress abseil – Click Liverpool

18 February 2014 – Shedding light on the Eddystone – Plymouth Herald

13 February 2014 – Lighting up Sumburgh Head – Premier Construction News

10 February 2014 – Lighthouse helped brighten place labelled Britain’s dullest – The Yorkshire Post

6 February 2014 – Society’s lease on museum extended – Harwich and Manningtree Standard

3 February 2014 – Restored lighthouse prepares to take guests – The Shetland Times

29 January 2014 – Daredevil braves gale-force winds to strike Superman pose yards from 300ft cliff in Shetland – Daily Record

24 January 2014 – Cafe owners in high spirits after Christmas visit by students – Herald Scotland

21 January 2014 – Beamer Rock lighthouse could have bright future as ‘iconic gateway’ to Fife – The Courier

14 January 2014 – Rathlin ‘open for business this year!’ stress islanders as lighthouse closes temporarily – Ballymoney and Moyle Times

13 January 2014 – Orfordness lighthouse sandbag plan opposed by National Trust – BBC

8 January 2014 – Blobby battle in the pipeline – Herald Scotland

3 January 2014 – Council fears windfarm’s impact on Bell Rock lighthouse has been ‘understated’ – The Courier

2013

28 December 2013 – Talks helped end lighthouse row – Irish Independent

19 December 2013 – Wind turbine plan at lighthouse is shelved – Berwick Advertiser

10 December 2013 – Foghorn Requiem used to inspire our kids – The Shields Gazette

26 November 2013 – Art group unveils plans for town-wide lighthouse trail in Burnham – Burnham-on-Sea.com

21 November 2013 – Opinions sought on Britain’s lighthouses – The Cornishman

8 November 2013 – Lighthouse restoration is a family affair – The Shields Gazette

7 November 2013 – Sunderland’s Roker Pier lighthouse to shine again after 40 years in the dark – Sunderland Echo

28 October 2013 – Tales from Northumberland with Robson Green – The Independent

23 October 2013 – Wraps to come off Roker Pier lighthouse – The Journal

27 September 2013 – New lease of life for Loch Ness lighthouse – The Scotsman

26  September 2013 – Orfordness: Sea-change for iconic lighthouse – EADT

18 September 2013 – Beachy Head lighthouse repainting begins – BBC

18 September 2013 – Spurn Point lighthouse gets lottery renovation – BBC

16 September 2013 – Orford: Event held to mark decommissioning of famous lighthouse – EADT

9 September 2013 – Lighthouse open to heritage days visitors – The Northern Echo

4 September 2013 – Lighthouses to open to visitors – Belfast Telegraph

4 September 2013 – Bell Rock Lighthouse fire drama remembered – The Courier

31 August 2013 – Save the Stripes campaign – Eastbourne Herald

22 August 2013 – Lighthouse day success – Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury

19 August 2013 – Plymouth’s International Lighthouse Weekend – Plymouth Herald

17 August – Go back in time to find an historic lighthouse – South Wales Evening Post

16 August 2013 – Temporary structure at the Butt of Lewis Lighthouse – Stornoway Gazette

6 August 2013 – Flamborough Lighthouse guided tours – About My Area.co.uk

27 July 2013 – Replica of Talacre lighthouse could be built on a roundabout – Daily Post

11 July 2013 – £30,000 needed for Loch Ness lighthouse restoration – BBC

4 July 2013 – Glastonbury ‘lighthouse’ gets the go-ahead – Central Somerset Gazette

23 June 2013 – Lighthouse switched off after 200 years of protecting sailors – Express

22 June 2013 – Foghorn Requiem: Souter Lighthouse hosts sea performance – BBC

17 May 2013 – Fears that state of lighthouses will stop people visiting Whitehaven – News & Star

15 May 2013 – Mull of Galloway community purchase secures financial support – BBC

27 April 2013 – Thomas Dolby’s film commemorates Orfordness Lighthouse – BBC

7 April 2013  – Bell Rock lighthouse reflected in new tartan – Scotsman

7 April 2013 – Keepers of the light set to gather – The Irish Sun

6 April 2013 – Tales of local lighthouses – This is South Wales

4 April 2013 – Spurn Point lighthouse could become heritage centre – The Press, York

26 March 2013 – World’s strangest orchestra  – a foghorn, brass bands and 50 ships – The Guardian (blog)

20 March 2013 – Scotland’s last lighthouse keeper dies age 75 – Scotsman

18 March 2013 – St Mary’s Lighthouse to turn off lights for one hour – Sky Tyne and Wear

13 March 2013 – Group ensures access to ‘fantastic views’ from Fair Isle lighthouse – The Shetland Times

10 March 2013 – Lighthouse could be purchased by July – ITV

6 March 2013 – Councillor in call to clean up lighthouse – Llanelli Times

22 February 2013 – Coveasea lighthouse given improvement grant – Scotsman

7 February 2013 – Lighthouse learning sees children in fancy dress – Harwich and Manningtree Standard

7 February 2013 – Worker wins £21k for Isle of May lighthouse injury – Edinburgh Evening News

7 February 2013 – Families join forces for lighthouse fundraiser – The Weston Mercury

6 February 2013 – Battery Point Lighthouse bell returned to Portishead – BBC News Bristol

6 February 2013 – Giant wave hits lighthouse at Seaham – The Sun

5 February 2013 – Lighthouse wall destroyed as huge 45ft waves batter the Fair Isle – STV

2 February 2013 – Cape Wrath will not be closed to public, MP says – Scotsman

2 February 2013 – Airgun attack on Fraserburgh’s Lighthouse Museum – The Fraserburgh Herald

1 February 2013 – For sale: Your own island, complete with farm, pub and lighthouse – Wales Online

16 January 2013 – Full Report: Lighthouse up for rent – ITV

10 January 2013 – Cape Wrath community’s concerns over MoD purchasing lighthouse land – STV

2012

18 December 2012 – Images of Scotland: The Mull of Kintyre Lighthouse – Scotsman

7 December 2012 – Lighthouse stripes appeal gets £1,000 – Eastbourne Herald

6 December 2012 – Galloway lighthouse land for sale – ITV

26 November 2012 – Lighthouse abseil could be a perfect Christmas gift – Isle of Man.com

5 November 2012 – Beachy Head lighthouse’s red and white stripes saved – BBC News

25 October 2012 – Unique community radio station pitched as a vehicle for Covesea Lighthouse – STV

20 October 2012 – Author Rob’s book helps lighthouse – Eastbourne Herald

20 October 2012 – Resounding ‘Yes’ from community poll lights up the road ahead for Covesea – STV

19 October 2012 – Visits to lighthouse and lifeboat teach pupils about safety at sea – This is Cornwall

19 October 2012 – James Walker honoured for Wales’ lighthouses – BBC News

18 October 2012 – Southerness Lighthouse will light up the skies – The Galloway News

17 October 2012 – Covesea lighthouse community buyout plans rest on returned ballot papers – STV

16 October 2012 – Souter Lighthouse shines again – Sunderland Echo

15 October 2012 – Plaque is tribute to builder of Newport lighthouse – South Wales Argus

15 October 2012 – Lewis lighthouse reaches 150 years – Scotsman

9 October 2012 – Time to look into living in a lighthouse – The Telegraph

9 October 2012 – Referendum vote papers on future of Lossiemouth lighthouse start to arrive – STV

8 October 2012 – Calls for Stevenson memorial as hotel plans are revealed – Edinburgh Evening News

19 September 2012 – ‘Friends’ take over lighthouse – Wirral News

17 September 2012 – Historical events marked at Arbroath ceremony – Arbroath Herald

26 August 2012 – Battle for Forth lighthouse begins – Scotsman

22 August 2012 – RAF base viewing plan for lighthouse – Herald Scotland

22 August 2012 – Lighthouse could be turned into heritage centre under community buyout – STV

20 August 2012 – Norfolk Amateur Radio Club transmits from Happisburgh Lighthouse for special event – Norwich Evening News

25 July 2012 – Historic lighthouse to light up again – Weston, Worle and Somerset Mercury

19 July 2012 – Famous Strathy Point lighthouse on north coast of Scotland for sale for just £75k – Daily Record

19 July 2012 – Burnham lighthouse and town clock to appear on new road signs – Burnham-on-Sea.com

18 July 2012 – Lighthouse near Catterline for sale – Kincardineshire Observer

18 July 2012 – Want a lighthouse? Yours for £270,000 – Scotsman

13 July 2012 – ‘Deadlock’ claim on Wirral lighthouse scheme – Wirral Globe

6 July 2012 – Gloomy days hit Mumbles Lighthouse spruce-up bid – this is South Wales

29 June 2012 – New LED lights for Godrevy Lighthouse – ITV

12 June 2012 – ‘Britain’s most isolated street’ on the market for £1m – ITV

17 May 2012 – Lighthouse makeover puts painter in line for award – Berwick Advertiser

16 May 2012 – Skokholm Lighthouse to be turned into hotel by Wildlife Trust – BBC News

12 May 2012 – A walk on the outskirts of Newcastle: Souter Lighthouse to South Shields, Tyne and Wear – The Guardian

11 May 2012 – Sumburgh lighthouse contract awarded – Shetland News

10 May 2012 – New status shines light on landmark – News Guardian

9 May 2012 – Tough going but walkers take the lighthouse challenge in their stride – Eastbourne Herald

6 May 2012 – Beachy Head lighthouse stripes campaign gets £10,000 boost – BBC News

1 May 2012 – No lighthouse  repairs on horizon – Whitby Gazette

18 April 2012 – Romans, witches and cowrie shells – The Guardian

13 April 2012 – New book on lighthouse tale – Sussex Express

13 April 2012 – Progress for bell display – despite cost concerns – This is Bristol

6 April 2012 – Flamborough Lighthouse Reopens – About My Area

28 March 2012 – Lighthouse boasts beautiful secrets – This is South Wales

28 March 2012 – Burnham-on-Sea lighthouse becomes a cover model for magazine! – Burnham-on-Sea.com

17 March 2012 – ‘To the lighthouse’ voyage raises cash for water charity – This is Cornwall

15 March 2012 – Residents’ anger as lighthouse goes dark – The Northern Times

7 February 2012 – Anyone fancy a trip out to the lighthouse – Eastbourne Herald

20 January 2012 – Blacknore Point lighthouse taken over by community group – BBC News

6 January 2012 – Campaigners speak of dismay after Bidston lighthouse is sold to private owners – Wirral News

2011

23 December 2011 – Experience: I was stranded home alone on Christmas Day – The Guardian

14 September 2011 – Open days boost historic lighthouse’s fundraising campaign – London Calling

26 July 2011 – Effort to save Beamer lighthouse – BBC News


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