The Out Skerries are a group of small islands northeast of the main Shetland group. The lighthouse is located on Bound Skerry, a small island at the extreme eastern end of this group.
The first light was a temporary structure built on the island of Grunay in 1854. The current lighthouse on Bound Skerry was built and became operational in 1858 on.
There is no keeper’s house, the keepers formerly lived on the nearby island of Grunay.
During the second world war this light station was machine gunned in 1941 by a German submarine, but it escaped significant damage, with just one person being injured. In 1942 two bombs were dropped but they missed and fell into the sea, a third bomb however hit the Boatman’s hut, the house being completely demolished and the boatman’s’ mother lost her life.
The lighthouse was automated in 1972.
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