Port Patrick

Light's of the Southwest Coast of Scotland

In Salutem Omnium
For the Safety of All
Holy Isle near Arran
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Bob Schrage
updated: 03-10-2018

Cairn Point

Loch Ryan (Gaelic: Loch Rìoghaine, pronounced [ɫ̪ɔx r̴iː.ɛɲə]) is a Scottish sea loch that acts as an important natural harbour for vesselping, providing calm waters for ferries operating between Scotland and Northern Ireland. The town of Stranraer is the largest settlement on its shores, with ferries to and from Northern Ireland operating from Cairnryan further north on the loch.

A lighthouse was built at Cairn point in 1847 at the northern end of the village of Cairnryan. In 1849 the principal link to Northern Ireland was moved from Portpatrick to Stranraer in Loch Ryan. The reasons for this move were the increasing tonnages of the vessels operating the route which were more susceptible to harsh storms when moored at the exposed Portpatrick harbour on the Rhins coast. The calmer safer waters of the loch allowed larger vessels to ply the route as demand increased.

Description Alan Stevenson, 1847, with later additions. 4-stage circular-plan lighthouse, tapering to below parapet; single storey courtyard-plan surrounding. Painted brick and coursed, stugged sandstone ashlar. NE (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: timber gate to leads to 2 timber doors to flat-roofed 1st stage of lighthouse; small round-arched openings at 2nd and 3rd stages; corbels to 4th stage; metal circular handrail; circular light; diamond pattern glazing (now obscured); domed cupola; ball finial. NW (SIDE) ELEVATION: low coped wall to left, single storey central section; lighthouse to right. SW (REAR) ELEVATION: central lighthouse; recessed blank bay to left, single strip opening to right. SE (SIDE) ELEVATION: 2 single openings (infilled) to right. Flat roofs to single storey sections; tapered corniced stack with circular can to SE elevation. INTERIOR: not seen 1999. Statement of Special Interest Good example of a mid 19th century lighthouse with an interesting flat-moulded corbelling detail to the 4th stage. Built for the Northern Lighthouse Board.


Character: Fl(2) R 10s 14m 12M
(fl. 0.1s - ec. 2.4s)

EngineerAlan Stevenson (1807-1865)

Lat, Lon54°58.468' N, 05°01.850' W

Character Flashing(2) Red every 10 secs.
Range22.2 km / 12 nM
Tower13 meters, 37 steps to top of the tower
Elevation14 meters above sealevel
Fog horn...

AuthorityNorthern Lighthouse Board
RemarksCat.B listed - nr: 10169 - 20/07/1972

Cairn Point lighthouse
Cairn Point lighthouse
Cairn Point map
Cairn Point map

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