Fidra Lighthouse

Fidra Lighthouse

Fidra Lighthouse is located at the top of the small island of Fidra, only a few hundred yards off the mainland.

A steep pathway from the boat landing has the remains of tracks used to haul supplies up to the lighthouse.


On the island are ruins of an old chapel dedicated to St Nicholas.

Robert Louis Stevenson mentions Fidra in his novel Catriona. It is claimed that Treasure Island was based on Fidra, though other islands also have a similar claim.

Fidra Lighthouse

The lighthouse was built in 1885 and automated in 1970.

On 21st June 2013, the Northern Lighthouse Board transferred Fidra Lighthouse’s operation to Forth Ports plc.

looking back towards the mainland

The island has many birds, including puffins, and live cameras on the island can be watched from the nearby Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick.

Fidra Lighthouse

  • Established: 1885
  • Height of tower: 17 metres
  • Character: Fl(4)W 30s
  • Elevation: 34 metres
  • Range: 15 miles
  • Automated: 1970
  • Engineers: Thomas and David A Stevenson
Established: 1885
Engineer: Thomas and David Stevenson
Tower Height: 17 metres
Light Character: Fl (4) W 30 s
Light Range: 15 miles
Elevation: 34 metres
Automated: 1970