Holburn Head Lighthouse, Scrabster

#10 of 18 in Historic Sites in Caithness and Sutherland
Holborn Head is a headland on the north-facing Atlantic coast of Caithness, in the Highland area of Scotland. The point of Holborn Head is at. The name Holborn appears Norse in origin, meaning hillfort, and the headland may be the Tarvedunum promotorium noted by Ptolemy. At the tip lies the remains of a promontory fort.LighthouseA walk around the headland can be accessed through a gate next to the Principal Keeper's House. There are stiles and bridges, which allow access to the unfenced off promontory of Holborn Head itself. There are clear views over to Dunnet Head and to the Orkney Islands.Holburn Head Lighthouse, spelt 'Holburn', unlike the headland which is Holborn Head, is about one kilometre (half a mile) south of the point, near Scrabster Harbour on the western shore of Thurso Bay, at. Designed and built by David and Thomas Stevenson, it was completed in 1862. The tower for the light is integral with the keepers' house which is unusual since most Scottish lighthouses are separate from the house. After entering the upper floor front doorway there is a vestibule with 2 entrances, one to the Lightkeepers House and the other to the Lighthouse Tower. There were 2 Lightkeepers houses and the Tower within the building. Separate to this was the Principal Keeper's House.
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  • Completed in 1862, this “Stevenson” lighthouse is unique in that the light is an internal part of the keeper’s house. The light was first operational in September 1862 and was discontinued in 2003. It...  more »
  • Such a quiet understated village and a pleasant walk skirting the dock / ferry area to the lighthouse. Didn't bother going further to the Head itself. 2 Guillemots posed for photos. Stopped at Lidl on...  more »
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