Found on the approach to Port Ellen at Kilnaughton Bay, Islay’s Carraig Fhada Lighthouse is a striking sight. Its square shape certainly makes it stand out – as do the whitewashed walls and 3-storey construction. Although rarely open for public viewing, a visit to simply see the lighthouse is worthwhile.
This lighthouse is an unusual design as it’s not circular like other lighthouses. It’s located about a mile from Port Ellen and can be seen as you arrive by boat from Kennacraig to Port Ellen. It was commissioned by the Laird of Islay, Walter Frederick Campbell in memory of his wife Ellenor who died young in 1832. Port Ellen is also named after her. The lighthouse as with other lighthouses in Scotland is all automated now and the keeper’s cottage is now a private home. Although this lighthouse is rarely open to the public it is well worth a visit to see this iconic building.