Covesea Skerries Lighthouse

Built in 1846, following a terrific storm 20 years earlier in which 16 vessels were lost in the Moray Firth, several on the notorious Covesea and Halliman Skerries. The delay was due to Trinity House, the board responsible for lighthouses, believing that a lighthouse was in fact unnecessary. Eventually, the board was swayed by public opinion and a lighthouse was built by Alan Stevenson, uncle of the novelist Robert Louis Stevenson. It was deactivated in 2012 and is now owned by a community organisation as a tourist attraction. The cave in the headland was once occupied by a 10th-century Irish hermit, Saint Gervadius, who maintained flaming torches to warn mariners of the skerries lying just offshore. On the edge of the cliff is a WW2 pillbox, a relic of the line of coastal defences against the threat of an invasion.
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