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


    Light rain on Tuesday and Wednesday, with high temperatures rising to 13°C on Wednesday.

    Today's Forecast
     Partly cloudy starting in the afternoon.
     
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       36%  18%   22 mph
      6:57 am    7:08 pm
    Monday, Sep 24th
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day and windy overnight.
     
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       43%  61%   16 mph
      6:59 am    7:05 pm

    Tuesday, Sep 25th
     Windy throughout the day and rain starting in the afternoon, continuing until evening.
     
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       82%  97%   28 mph
      7:02 am    7:02 pm
    Wednesday, Sep 26th
     Windy and overcast throughout the day.
     
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       87%  100%   23 mph
      7:04 am    6:59 pm

    Thursday, Sep 27th
     Windy in the morning and foggy until afternoon.
     
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       88%  99%   21 mph
      7:06 am    6:56 pm
    Friday, Sep 28th
     Mostly cloudy until afternoon.
     
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       15%  53%   14 mph
      7:08 am    6:53 pm

    Saturday, Sep 29th
     Windy and overcast throughout the day.
     
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       78%  90%   25 mph
      7:11 am    6:50 pm
    Sunday, Sep 30th
     Windy until afternoon and partly cloudy starting in the afternoon, continuing until evening.
     
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       58%  39%   25 mph
      7:13 am    6:47 pm

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