Tarbat Ness Lighthouse, Portmahomack

#3 of 10 in Historic Sites in Ross and Cromarty
The Tarbat Ness Lighthouse is located at the North West tip of the Tarbat Ness peninsula near the fishing village of Portmahomack on the east coast of Scotland. It was built in 1830 by Robert Stevenson and has an elevation of 53m and 203 steps to the top of the tower.
At the Battle of Tarbat Ness in the 11th century, Thorfinn the Mighty defeated "Karl Hundason", possibly a Viking name for Macbeth.
Further down the peninsula at Portmahomack, in the 1480s the Clan Ross slaughtered a raiding party from the Clan Mackay by locking them in the Tarbat Old Church and setting fire to it. This event is known as the Battle of Tarbat.
A storm in the Moray Firth in November 1826 saw the loss of 16 vessels and brought many applications for lighthouses to be constructed at Tarbat Ness and at Covesea Skerries.
Tarbat Ness Lighthouse was engineered by Robert Stevenson for the Northern Lighthouse Board and the light was first exhibited on 26 January 1830. James Smith of Inverness was the contractor responsible for the building of the lighthouse which cost £9,361. The lighthouse tower is the third tallest in Scotland behind North Ronaldsay and Skerryvore and is notable for having two distinguishing broad red bands.
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  • This lighthouse is well worth a visit, and although private property, you can get up close. The stunning scenery out to sea is breathtaking and you can walk down into a Hidden cove.  more »
  • Went to see the lighthouse and we were all pleasantly surprised - we absolutely loved it. Spectacular scenery looking right over the sea. Great path for all to walk on and excellent rocks for older...  more »
  • Amazing place. The lighthouse is awesome. You cant go inside but is enough to see from outside.
  • I live in Glasgow city centre and to see an actual lighthouse was amazing! It was our first time visiting the Highlands and we will definitely be back.
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