Lighthouses, the Stevensons and the Hebrides

Lighthouses are familiar fixtures in our coastlines, but it was not always so, as John Love tells in his illustrated talk ‘A light in the west: Lighthouses, the Stevensons and the Hebrides’ in An Lanntair, Stornoway on Tuesday, February 1st, as part of the Islands Book Trust programme.

There is little over 200 years since the Northern Lighthouse Board began a programme of building lighthouses round the Scottish coast, appointing Robert Stevenson as its Chief Engineer in 1808.

Thus began a connection which saw four generations of the Stevenson family design and build most of Scotland’s lighthouses, many of them in the Hebrides, battling the elements to construct wonders of engineering that still amaze.

This talk is the first in a series of lectures and visits to island lighthouses, celebrating the achievements of these inventive and talented lighthouse builders.

The talk begins at 7.30pm, and entry is £3 for Trust members, and £5 for non-members