Saturday, August 23, 2008

The "Ship" lighthouse Sanda

As the mist swirled round we navigated round the SW corner of Sanda and found ourselves under the Ship lighthouse. It is so called because from a distance it looks like a funnel and the rock upon which it stands looks like a ship.

It is situated on the most amazing rock with a natural arch which from some angles looks like an elephant with trunk!

The light was established in 1850 by Alan Stevenson. It has a long white flash every 10 seconds.

Only when you enter the little bay behind the lighthouse do you appreciate what a unique structure it is. Two linked towers with a total of 210 steps like the lighthouse tower to the base of the cliff upon which it stands. The mist added to the surreal atmosphere.