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For the Safety of All

A Story of Scotland’s Lighthouses

A lighthouse and a boat on the sea

Lighthouses punctuate Scotland’s coastline – a stoic presence on the edge of the landscape. Since the earliest of these hardy structures were raised, they have been a lifeline for seafarers at the mercy of treacherous weather and uncertain navigation. Today over 100 of Scotland's lighthouses are listed buildings. 

The lighthouse is now one of many maritime resources which converge ‘for the safety of all’. But we are still drawn to the solitary life of the keeper, the beauty of the lens of the lamp and the calm reassurance of a flashing light on a distant shore. Donald S Murray explores Scotland's lighthouses through history, storytelling and the voices of the lightkeepers. 

From ancient beacons to the work of the Stevensons and the Northern Lighthouse Board, and from wartime strife to automation and preservation, the lighthouses stand as a testament to the nation's innate connection to the sea.

  • Audiences:

    Members, Visitors, Conservation and Heritage Enthusiasts
  • Date Published:

    29 July 2021
  • Publication Types:

    Book (General)
  • Author(s):

    Donald S Murray

    Donald S Murray grew up under the gleam of the Butt of Lewis lighthouse, and lighthouses have remained a continual presence in his life. He is the author of non-fiction, fiction and poetry, with a particular focus on Scotland's islands. His books include the acclaimed As the Women Lay Dreaming, The Dark Stuff: Stories from the Peatlands and The Guga Hunters.
  • Format(s):

    ISBN: 9781849173100
    224pp 279 x 216mm
    ISBN: 9781849173278
    224pp 279 x 216mm
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