Old Beacon Lighthouse, North Ronaldsay, Orkney Islands
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    Old Beacon Lighthouse Information

    The Old Beacon is a lighthouse located at Dennis Head, in the northeast of North Ronaldsay in the Orkney Islands.

    The lighthouse was built in 1789 by Thomas Smith and he was helped by his stepson Robert Stevenson, the lighthouse is an unpainted stone cylindrical tower at a height of 21 metres (69 ft).

    In 1809 it was decided that the North Ronaldsay light was no longer required. The round stone tower was retained as a sea-mark, with the original beacon chamber at the top replaced by a vaulted roof, capped by a ball finial. The stone spiral staircase which once led to the beacon was demolished and the original keepers’ houses, although roofless but largely complete, survive below the tower.

    Just 43 years later in 1852, a new lighthouse was built just to the north.North Ronaldsay does have a current lighthouse.

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    7-day Weather Forecast


    No precipitation throughout the week, with high temperatures falling to 8°C on Friday.

    Today's Forecast
     Partly cloudy until afternoon and windy until evening.
     
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      8:10 am    3:41 pm
    Sunday, Nov 18th
     Clear throughout the day.
     
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      8:12 am    3:39 pm

    Monday, Nov 19th
     Partly cloudy in the morning.
     
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      8:14 am    3:37 pm
    Tuesday, Nov 20th
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
     
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       26%  85%   14 mph
      8:17 am    3:35 pm

    Wednesday, Nov 21st
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day and windy starting in the afternoon.
     
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       21%  78%   21 mph
      8:19 am    3:34 pm
    Thursday, Nov 22nd
     Windy in the morning and overcast throughout the day.
     
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       38%  98%   26 mph
      8:21 am    3:32 pm

    Friday, Nov 23rd
     Overcast throughout the day.
     
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       44%  99%   19 mph
      8:24 am    3:30 pm
    Saturday, Nov 24th
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
     
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       20%  58%   14 mph
      8:26 am    3:28 pm

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