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Buddon Ness High Lighthouse
Buddon Ness High Lighthouse

Located at the southern end of Barry Links, on the north banks of the Tay, are the Buddon Ness Lighthouses. These leading lights date from the seventeenth century, with the present towers built for the Dundee Trinity House in 1865 by David and Thomas Stevenson. 

Both lighthouses were replaced in 1753.

The lights were positioned to give a transit line into the mouth of the Firth of Tay. Over time, the offshore sandbanks shifted, resulting in a unique operation in 1884 to bring the towers back into alignment. 

The 65ft tall Front, or Low Light, built of brick and weighing 440 tonnes, was moved bodily 160ft through the dunes. The keepers’ houses were left remaining in their original position.

Buddon Ness Low Lighthouse
Buddon Ness Low Light with the High Light behind

Following decommissioning, the High Lighthouse was used as an observation tower, and from 1987 a radar scanner was added.

The lighthouses are located in a Ministry of Defence firing range, so it is essential to check firing times to avoid disappointment.

This video shows the two Buddon Ness lighthouses. You can clearly see the rounded end of the cottage by the High Lighthouse, which was thought to have been the base of an earlier tower. You can also see the remains of the Low Light cottage towards the end of the clip.

Buddon Ness High Lighthouse

  • Established: 1688, 
  • Second tower: 1753
  • Current tower: 1866
  • Height of tower: 90ft
  • Decommissioned: 1943
  • Engineer: David and Thomas Stevenson

Buddon Ness Low Lighthouse

  • Established: 1688
  • Second tower: 1753
  • Current tower: 1866
  • Height of tower: 65ft
  • Decommissioned: 1943
  • Engineer: David and Thomas Stevenson