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Chanonry Lighthouse

By gingerdelight    
Chanonry Lighthouse, originally a 'one-man station', is situated on the Black Isle, south of Rosemarkie, as the Moray Firth narrows between Chanonry Point and Fort George.

The establishment of a light on Chanonry Point was first proposed in 1834 and again in 1837 by the Commissioners' Engineer, Alan Stevenson, but it was not until 1843 that the motion to erect such a lighthouse was approved by the Commissioners. In May 1843 the Commissioners made representations to Trinity House who duly approved the proposed seamark in July 1843.

The cost of building the lighthouse and lightkeepers' dwellings was £3,570 and the light was first exhibited on the night of 15 May 1846.

When the station was manned, the lightkeeper, in addition to his normal lightkeeping duties, was the "Observer" of Munlochy Shoal, Middle Bank East, Craigmee, Riff Bank East and Navitty Bank Lighted buoys.

The station was automated in 1984 and is now remotely monitored from the Northern Lighthouse Board’s offices in Edinburgh.

It should be noted that at some sites the Northern Lighthouse Board have sold some redundant buildings within the lighthouse complex and are not responsible for the maintenance of these buildings.

Just some interesting facts about this lighthouse that some of you may find interesting. We visited Chanonry Point twice in the hope of seeing the famous dolphins, but no luck, unfortunately. Anyway, I hope you enjoy these two images.

Thank you for your previous clicks and comments, as always much appreciated.


Tags: Scotland Lighthouse Architecture Landscape and travel Chanonry point

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SteveH1978 8 3 3 England
28 Sep 2010 8:52PM
Nice image, and well composed too. I might have been inclined to clone out the birds, but otherwise, great.


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gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2010 9:00PM
I know what you mean about the birds Steve, but as they seemed so at home there, and there were loads of them, I thought I'd leave them alone!
two excellent images carol,quite like the birds myself.ray
NeilWigan Plus
7 17 16 England
28 Sep 2010 9:14PM
two nice shots with a very interesting write up.
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
28 Sep 2010 9:18PM
Interesting shots and write up
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
28 Sep 2010 9:28PM
Splendid focus and use of light! (lots of light!)
28 Sep 2010 10:05PM
Superb, lovely, well composed pair of shots. Excellent colour and detail.
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
28 Sep 2010 10:17PM
Both really lovely images and I like the inclusion of the birds!

andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2010 10:59PM
two cracking captures carol v1 for me tonight a beauty nice one Wink
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
29 Sep 2010 1:19AM
Two good ones Carol,but what I find most interesting is being born and bred in Edinburgh (aged 58),I did not know they had lighthouse board offices here !! I must find out where they are to satisfy my curiousity !!
Adderwatcher 8 60 19 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2010 7:53AM
Excellent captures Carol and some good info too!
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2010 7:56AM
Two good images... V2 gets the vote today
Its amazing about the dolphins We were on the coast and some people nearby were pointing at some.
We couldnt see them at first and would have missed them if it hadnt been for the other couple. Not easy to spot with the naked eye
29 Sep 2010 8:48AM
Good shots Carol, v1 nice colours and interesting write up Smile
Regards Ricky.
9 10 10 England
29 Sep 2010 10:33AM
Two really good shots Carol - can't choose one over the other. Like the detail in V1 (and the birds). They'll have to share the vote.
stephenscott 8 8 2 United Kingdom
29 Sep 2010 11:50AM
Lovely shots carol,nice comp.. V1 for me nice detail..

metro074 8 8 Australia
29 Sep 2010 11:53AM
Wonderful captures Carol. Super detail and pov's. Well done
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
29 Sep 2010 12:07PM
Well recorded Carol.
29 Sep 2010 12:39PM
Two lovely images Carol especially V1

29 Sep 2010 12:47PM
v2 for me and a great write up
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
29 Sep 2010 3:18PM
When I first saw this l thought it was the lighthouse at Cromarty, which is also on the Black Isle - they are so similar. Two fine captures, Carol, of this delightful area.
We were told about the dolphins on our tour of the Black Isle, but didn't see any. I think they'd all gone somewhere warmer, as it was Christmas and about -5°C!
TrevB Smile
29 Sep 2010 8:04PM
Two fabulous shots, Carol, a wonderful point of view in V1, but it's V2 for me.
RTDS 9 Cyprus
29 Sep 2010 8:14PM
2 Great captures.
V1 is my fav..great POV.
Ridgeway 11 222 2 Ireland
1 Oct 2010 1:44AM
I'm not picking one and you cant make me,both are nicely composed and an informative write up too,
Very interesting Carol,

3 Oct 2010 8:55PM
nice image.

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