Bell Rock Lighthouse

Of all the terrors known to mariners navigating the east coast of Scotland in olden days, the Inchcape Rock, otherwise known as the Bell Rock, was probably the one most dreaded! The fear of striking the rock was so great, that it is said that more ships were shipwrecked on the neighbouring shores trying to avoid it, than actually on it! At best, it may be described as a treacherous submerged reef, situated in the northern reaches of the great sea estuary known as the Firth of Forth, and as such lies directly in the way of shipping approaching the River Tay and the City of Dundee.

“To build a tower high enough to carry a warning light and stable enough to house three men to watch it, on a rock 11 miles from land, and buried under 16 feet of water twice every 24 hours in a sea much liable to storms, was not a task to be lightly undertaken.”  –R.W. Munro

A feat of industrial age engineering, the Bell Rock lighthouse was constructed to such a high standard that it has not been replaced or adapted in 200 years. The lighthouse has been automated since 1988

Position 56°26.1′ N 2°23.1′ W
Built 1807-1811
Engineer – Robert Stevenson
The Light was first exhibited on 1st February 1811
Total height from the foundation to top of lightroom – 115 feet 10 inches (35.30m)

For more information on the 2011 bicentenary celebrations: Bell Rock 200
For more detailed information on Bell Rock: Bellrock.org.uk


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