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Ruvaal Lighthouse
Bowmore, Scotland

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Date Established: 1861
Date Present Tower Built: 1861
Height of Tower: 111 ft.
Height of Focal Plane: 135 ft.


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The lighthouse lies at the northern end of the Sound of Islay. There is no road to the lighthouse so reliefs were made by boat from Port Askaig or the distillery at Coila.
There are spectacular views looking across to Jura and up the Sound. On the clearest of days Dubh Artach can be seen nearly twenty miles away. Ruvaal is one of four major lighthouses on Islay. The keepers families lived in Bowmore. Islay is the southernmost of the Inner Hebridean islands.

Submitted by: pejayhill Date posted: Mon Nov 30, 2009 Views: 1247