Hillswick Lighthouse
Ura Firth
Baa Taing
The bay at Hillswick - geograph.org.uk - 551032.jpg
Location Hillswick
United Kingdom
Coordinates 60°27′13″N 1°29′47″W / 60.453557°N 1.496517°W / 60.453557; -1.496517
Year first constructed 1895 (first)
Year first lit n/a (current)
Foundation concrete base
Construction metal skeletal tower
Tower shape quadrangular tower covered by aluminium panels with light on the top
Markings / pattern white tower
Tower height 5 metres (16 ft)
Focal height 34 metres (112 ft)
Light source solar power
Range white: 9 nautical miles (17 km; 10 mi)
red: 6 nautical miles (11 km; 6.9 mi) [1]
Characteristic Fl (4) WR 15s.
Admiralty number A3840
NGA number 3548
ARLHS number SCO-096
Managing agent Northern Lighthouse Board[2]

Hillswick is a small village in Northmavine, on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean and lies to the north-north west of Mainland, Shetland, the most northerly group of islands in the United Kingdom. It is situated 35 mi (56 km) from Lerwick.[3] There is a community shop,[4] a blacksmiths, a public hall, a health centre, and a Church of Scotland kirk that is now mainly used for funerals, weddings and christenings. There is a wildlife sanctuary,situated at the historic former Hanseatic trading booth on the seafront, a small private art gallery with occasional public exhibitions, and the St Magnus Bay Hotel which offers accommodation, bar and restaurant services. A large dairy and sheep farm takes up the spectacular peninsula called Hillswick Ness, but there is public access and a signed walking route. There is a modern primary school at nearby Urafirth. A small automatic lighthouse is located 1.5 miles south of Hillswick, at the tip of the Ness.

See also


  1. ^ Hillswick Light Lighthouse Explorer. Retrieved 30 May 2016
  2. ^ Hillswick (Ura Firth, Baa taing) The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 30 May 2016
  3. ^ "Overview of Hillswick". Scottish Places. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Security Check Required". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 11 August 2017.

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