The Pentland Skerries are a group of four uninhabited islands lying in the Pentland Firth, northeast of Duncansby Head and south of South Ronaldsay. Pentland Skerries Lighthouse is situated on Muckle Skerry, the largest of the four islands. The lighthouse was established in 1794 by Thomas Smith and Robert Stevenson. In 1939, the light was converted to electric operation, the power for which is produced by 3 diesel generators, any one of which is able to carry the full station load.
The lighthouse used to be relieved by ship, which often involved a long sea trip but in 1972, a helicopter service was introduced making the relief of Keepers a less dangerous and uncertain process. The lighthouse was eventually automated in 1994 and the keepers retired.
Pentland Skerries lighthouse tower is now listed as a building of Architectural/Historical interest.
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