Butt of Lewis

The Butt of Lewis (Scottish Gaelic: Rubha Robhanais) is the most northerly point of the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. The headland, which lies in the North Atlantic, is frequently battered by heavy swells and storms.


A lighthouse, which was designed by David Stevenson, was built on Butt of Lewis to aid shipping in the 1860s. The station is now completely automated. A modern differential GPS base station has now been sited on a nearby hill to further aid navigation. The nearest urban areas are in Ness about 2 miles to the south.

The road to the lighthouse passes a sheltered cove called Stoth. Agricultural lazy beds are also visible along the coast. The Butt of Lewis features some of the oldest rocks in Europe, having been formed in the Precambrian period up to 3000 million years ago. Beneath the lighthouse's westerly cliffs there is a sea cave called the "Eye of the Butt" (Scottish Gaelic: Sùil an Rubha). It can be best viewed from the Habost machair.


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