Toward Point Lighthouse

Toward Point Lighthouse

Toward Point Lighthouse, located just across the water from Rothesay, was established in 1812. It is located on the Cowal peninsula near the town of Dunoon.

With the increase in Glasgow shipping, a lighthouse at Toward Point was proposed to guide ships into the Clyde estuary.   However, a lighthouse at Cloch was built instead in 1795 and lit in August 1797. 

Toward Lighthouse was finally built in 1812.  It was built under the supervision of Robert Stevenson for the Clyde Lighthouses Trust.  The Lighthouse Trust was responsible for lighting the Clyde estuary.

Toward Point and Cottage

Toward Point Lighthouse gave a bearing for around nine miles up the Firth until Cloch Lighthouse was in clear view.  From there he could turn towards the safety of Greenock.

The lighthouse was converted from paraffin gas to automatic in 1969.

It is understood that James Lamont of Knockdow, a local landowner, supplied the workforce, stone and timber. 

Two lighthouse keepers cottages were built in the late 1800s. 

Toward Point fog signal

On the foreshore, the foghorn was housed in a separate building. This was originally operated using a steam engine and later replaced by diesel engines.  The foghorn was discontinued in the 1990s.

In 2012 the lighthouse cottages were sold into private ownership.

Toward Point Lighthouse now comes under the authority of the Clyde Port Authority.

South of Dunoon on the Cowal peninsula, the lighthouse can be reached via ferry from Gourock.  From Toward Point are picturesque views across the Kyles of Bute which link with the Kintyre peninsula.

Established: 1812
Engineer: Robert Stevenson
Tower Height: 19 metres
Light Character: Fl W 10s
Light Range: 22 miles
Elevation: 21 metres
Automated: 1974