Famous lighthouses from all over the world
The author was lucky enough to visit the two remaining working lighthouses in Canada to see the beauty of the structure and gain an understanding of what it means to be a lighthouse keeper. I was climbing for a week on the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island, a structure originally built to rescue shipwrecks. While I was thinking, I was completely removed from civilization through the woods, swamps, and beaches, and I was walking straight across the perfectly manicured lawn of the lighthouse keeper’s house. It was a welcome place to stay, and the owners welcomed visitors and told us the story of their lighthouse.
Porthcawl Point Lighthouse.
It was the last coal-and gas-powered lighthouse in the UK. It was built in 1860 and is still used as an aid to navigation on the south coast of Wales.
One of the most famous architectural monuments and the most powerful lighthouses in Scandinavia. Kullens Lighthouse is located on the south-west coast of Sweden, in the province of Scania.
This old lighthouse is set in the volcanic landscape of Iceland near Akranes, the 9th most populous city in the country. Almost all of Iceland’s inhabitants live on the coast due to the mountainous lava desert and glacial terrain of the interior.
Wind Point Lighthouse.
Shining in Port Racine, Wisconsin, this lighthouse is home to a convention center, conference hall, and part-time serves as the village police station.
Umpqua River Lighthouse.
This lighthouse on the Oregon coast flashes a classic red and white light. It is now administered by Douglas County instead of the Coast National Guard, but is still used as an aid to navigation.
Peggy Point Lighthouse.
Located in Peggy’s Bay, this lighthouse is one of the busiest tourist attractions in Nova Scotia and one of the most recognizable lighthouses in the world. Several lighthouse protection decisions are currently being made under the Lighthouse Heritage Protection Act.
This lighthouse, built 150 years ago, is located on an island in the northern Netherlands, which is home to a small village and a national park. Every year it is visited by about 300,000 tourists.
The high stone lighthouse in Kovalam has a lantern and a gallery at the top with views of the ocean and the tourist beach.
According to the photographer, it is “an exact replica of the original Arisaig Point lighthouse, which burned down in the early 1930s” when its lantern caught fire. It is located in Antigonish County, Nova Scotia.
Guided tours are allowed to the upper part of this lighthouse, and the reconstructed lighthouse keeper’s house displays artifacts that are more than a century old. After the end of operation, the lighthouse was dismantled and stood in the Old Port in Quebec for 20 years, until it was decided that it would be better to return it to its original location.
Whitby Harbour Lighthouse.
This structure sits firmly in a concrete dock northeast of Toronto and casts light on Lake Ontario.
There are more than 70 lighthouses along the coast of Scotland. This one is located in the small town of Ullapool, in the highlands of Scotland.
This Minnesota lighthouse was built in 1910 after a series of shipwrecks near Lake Superior. It was decommissioned in 1960 and is now a historical monument.
Point Betsy Lighthouse.
It is one of the most photographed lighthouses in the United States overlooking Lake Michigan. There is a group of volunteers who raise money, clean up the area, and hire professionals to restore the building.
Cape Byron Lighthouse.
Australia’s easternmost lighthouse is maintained by the Cape Byron Nature Reserve, which acquired and preserved the building in 1998. The facility is currently being used as a base for whale watching.
Built in 1900, it is one of the oldest examples of steel structures when it comes to lighthouses. It is still active on the north bank of the Elbe in Wittenbergen, northern Germany.
The Port Loraine Foundation owns and operates this lighthouse over Lake Erie, on the Ohio coast.
Cape Florida Lighthouse.
This lighthouse in Key Biscayne, Florida, was created in 1825 to guide ships away from the Florida Reef. Guided tours of the lighthouse and the caretaker’s cottage are allowed twice a day.
Cape Santa Maria Lighthouse.
Located in Uruguay, this lighthouse was built in 1881 and has significantly reduced the number of shipwrecks in the area. There are 150 steps leading up to the top, and the building itself is open to tourists.
Pigeon Point Lighthouse.
You can see this tower near the San Francisco Bay, but the lighthouse has been closed to tourists since 2001 due to its poor condition. The renovated caretaker’s lodge has served as a youth hostel since the mid-1960s.
Portland Head Lighthouse.
The original lighthouse here was built in 1790. The current structure is operated by the City of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and is a tourist attraction with a museum, gift shop, and acres of surrounding parks and trails.
Walton Harbour Lighthouse.
This Nova Scotia lighthouse was shut down in 1986 and is now used as a translation center.