Friday, July 19, 2013

Eilean Bhan - 2

The 70-foot tall Eilean Bhan lighthouse was built in 1857, automated in 1960, and made redundant when the Skye Bridge opened in 1995. What with all the Health & Safety regulations these days it was a surprise to me that I would be allowed to climb to the top.

After walking across the recently painted five-span plate-iron footbridge to reach the tower my guide, Mike, unlocked the door. We then climbed a narrow circular staircase followed by a series of steep ladders to reach the lantern room.

After reaching the lantern room Mike surprised me by unlocking the door to the balcony. Next time we'll step through that door and take a look around.

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