Stoer Head Lighthouse was built by brothers David and Thomas Stevenson in 1870 after being identified as one of forty-five sites in Scotland where a lighthouse was necessary to protect shipping. The lighthouse is 14 m high, making it squat in appearance, but the height of the cliffs on which it sits means it can be seen at a distance of 39 km out at sea. The beacon flashes white every fifteen seconds.
The lighthouse is at at the end of a 5 km long track which branches off the Lochinver to Unapool road. Further North up the coast are the Old Man of Stoer and the Point of Stoer, which can easily be reached from the lighthouse on foot.
As a measure of its popularity, it receives about 10,000 visitors each year,(necessitating the construction of a public toilet in 2013.)
When building commenced, the stone and other materials for the lighthouse were landed on a jetty built for the purpose about a mile to the south east of the lighthouse because of its difficult location. Indeed, since transport by boat was more efficient at the time, supplies for the lighthouse were probably by boat until roads became passable in the early 20th century.
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