Day 56 – North Queensferry

World’s smallest lighthouse (with handy stove).

Literally in the shadow of the Forth Rail Bridge is the North Queensferry Light Tower, the smallest working lighthouse in the world at 6.5m high. It was recently renovated and the lantern glass renewed using the last remaining original piece as a template. There’s a notice outside inviting you to go up and take a look whenever the door is open (although there’s only room for one person at a time) and there are frequent opportunities on offer to experience lighting the lamp. The stove at the bottom is there to provide a draw up through the (original) flue to stop damp, corrosive air accumulating at the top. Lego Marchbanks thought of another use.

Photos © M J Richardson (cc-by-sa/2.0)

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