The Guardians of the Forth

Thursday 10th January comments: The Isle of May has a deep and rich history dating back to the seventh century with even a hint of Bronze Age settlements. However of all the human history on the island, the most noticeable this present day is the lighthouses of the island.

Lighthouses were designed to emit light from a system of lamps and lenses to serve as navigational aids to sailors. They generally mark the most dangerous and hazardous coastline around the UK and the Isle of May falls very much into that bracket. The island stands at the mouth of the Firth of Forth and has three lighthouses; the Beacon, Scotland’s first ever lighthouse built in 1636, whilst the impressive Stevenson lighthouse was constructed in 1816. A third lighthouse, known as the low light was constructed in 1844.

Each lighthouse has its own story and history to tell as they shaped the Isle of May. Starting with tomorrow’s blog, we’ll bring you the story of each lighthouse starting with the Beacon. It’ll make fascinating reading…

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