Helliar Holm Lighthouse

Helliar Holm Lighthouse
Photo: Patrick Tubby

Helliar Holm Lighthouse is located off the southern coast of Shapinsay in Orkney. 

The lighthouse was established in 1893 and was designed by Charles and David A Stevenson. It was manned until its automation in 1967.

Helliar Holm Lighthouse
Photo: Patrick Tubby

Originally, the lighthouse was planned to be built on an island between Kirkwall Bay and Shapinsay called Thieves Holm. The island is thought to have been used to banish thieves and witches.

Following automation, the lighthouse was passed on Orkney Council.  Orkney Marine Services are responsible for the maintenance of the lighthouse. Sadly, though the tower is in good repair, the house is derelict and in poor condition.

Helliar Holm
Photo: Patrick Tubby

The former lighthouse optic is now at the Northern Lighthouse Board Headquarters in George Street Edinburgh.

Stevenson Room
Helliar Holm Lighthouse optic in the Stevenson Room at the NLB Headquarters

There are the remains of a broch cairn and chapel on the island.

Established: 1893
Engineer: David A and Charles Stevenson
Tower Height: 13 metres
Light Character: Fl W R G 10s
Light Range: W 14 miles, R G 11 miles
Elevation: 34 metres