Loganair  provide the only scheduled passenger air service to the Scottish Mainland as a franchise of Flybe  . They operate to Sumburgh Airport  located 30 miles south of Lerwick. Flights operate to Aberdeen , Edinburgh , Glasgow , Inverness and Kirkwall . Unfortunately, due to lack of competition on the routes, fares are relatively expensive, even when booked well in advance. Whether it is cheaper to travel by ferry with your own car, or fly and hire one very much depends on the time of year and other factors such as how close you live to Aberdeen.
Buddon Ness is the southern tip of the Barry Links, a wedge-shaped sandy promontory at the northern entrance to the Firth of Tay south of Carnoustie. Lighting the point usefully is a problem due to the rapidly shifting channels in the area. The original (1688) lighthouse was replaced in 1753 by a wooden low light built on rollers for ease of relocation. ARLHS # SCO-283
Buddon Ness High
latitude 56° 28' " N longitude 2° 45' " W After deactivation the lighthouse served for some years as an observation post, and for several years after 1987 it carried a radar scanner as part of a Dundee University research project. Located at the southern tip of the Barry Links, marking the entrance to the Firth of Tay. ARLHS # SCO-025 SC 73 Bell Rock A long and treacherous reef lying in the North Sea, some 12 miles East of Dundee. (A 3108) ARLHS # SCO-020 Photo courtesy Calum MacAulay [ Flickr ]
We were very fortunate at having owned the magnificent buildings at the Strathy Point Lighthouse Compound many years ago. Then the Ailsa Craig Island Lighthouses came up for sale and we were lucky enough to buy those. Prior to owning these amazing buildings at the beacons of life, we were able to lease the lighthouse buildings on Davaar Island for several years. So all of this is kind of in the old DNA. The love of lighthouse living has never gone away. The purpose of this website is to help others enjoy a lighthouse adventure. We had no regrets - and neither should you. Please use this website as much as you need to, in order to achieve the desires of your heart and build a new life in one of the most spectacular settings that you can imagine - a lighthouse building. Whether it is the very rare Beacon Tower, or the more readily available Lighthouse Keepers' Houses, do it. If in doubt, then take a vacation or even lease one of the many lighthouse holiday destinations listed for a week, two weeks, or even 6 months. That is a very good idea, as lighthouse living can be dramatic, and possibly not to everyone's taste. Iif you love the holiday/short term lease lease, then consider buying a lighthouse building. If you didn't have a good holiday, then hey, at least you can say you've had a lighthouse experience! Lastly, please let us know how you get on? We just love talking to fellow lighthouse dwelling eccentrics.