Southerness Lighthouse, Southerness

#21 of 44 in Historic Sites in Dumfries and Galloway
Lighthouse · Tourist Spot
Southerness lighthouse is located at the village of Southerness in South West Scotland. It is at present the second oldest lighthouse in Scotland. The lighthouse was commissioned by the Town Council of Dumfries in 1748 to assist in the safe passage through the Solway Firth of ships heading to the Nith Estuary. At that time roads in South West Scotland were quite sparse so the bulk of trade even between local villages, was carried out by sea. Dumfries was a major port and there were regular connections with Liverpool and, especially, Ireland. Construction was completed in 1749.

In 1805 the lighthouse was greatly improved under the guidance of the famous lighthouse engineer Robert Stevenson assisted by James Slight.
The lighthouse was raised from its original structure twice, most notably between 1842 and 1844 to a design by Walter Newall.

The lighthouse was first lit around 1800 and was decommissioned in 1936. The light was extinguished due to financial reasons between 1867 and 1894.
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  • I've just been reading through some of these reviews, are we talking about the same park, we've been to this park on numerous occasions, and we love it, if it's night life your looking for then your.....  more »
  • Apparently this lighthouse gets opened at certain times but we never seen anything to say as such, or it would have been quite nice to have went inside.  more »
  • I have given this five stars, but in reality, it is the beach and surrounding area that make it. There is a pub with car park which serves a good selection of food; a chip shop; amusements; gift shop and a public swimming pool on one of the caravan parks. The beach extends for miles and is great for kids and dog walking, the lighthouse is a picturesque view and makes a great reference point.
  • Had a walk up to the lighthouse to pass some time. It was open for visitors to go upstairs (lots of steps) and enjoy the views. There was a gentleman selling some precious stone ornaments/jewellery at the top and a donation box. Well worth a look.
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