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Name: Cantick Head Light  

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Nearest Town or City:
Longhope, , United Kingdom

Location: Southeast coast of the Island of Hoy, Orkney Islands, Scotland.

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Photo: John Mobbs

Managing Organization:
Northern Lighthouse Board


The active lighthouse is maintained by the Northern Lighthouse Board. Self-catering accommodation is available in two keepers' cottages.

Tower Height: 72

Height of Focal Plane: 114

Characteristic and Range: White flash every 20 seconds; range 18 nautical miles.

Description of Tower: White conical stone tower with buff trim and black lantern.

This light is operational

Other Buildings?
Two keeper's cottages.

Date Established: 1858

Date Present Tower Built: 1858

Date Automated: 1992

Fog Signal: Discontinued 1987 (was 2 blasts every 30 seconds).

Current Use: Active aid to navigation, overnight accommodations.

Open To Public? Yes.

The island and lighthouse are accessible via car ferry from Houton. Tours of the lighthouse and other buildings may be available when the cottages are not occupied.

Nearby Lodging: Call 01856 701255 or email for information on accommodations at the lighthouse. See for more information.

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