Found between the North Atlantic and the North Sea in the land of the midnight sun and northern l...
Found between the North Atlantic and the North Sea in the land of the midnight sun and northern lights are the Northern Isles of Scotland. They are actually two large archipelagos known as the Orkney and the Shetland Islands. Orkney and Shetland are different from the other islands of Scotland and the mainland, which is part of their allure. Both islands are essentially treeless, with awe-inspiring seascapes and genuinely warm and friendly people. Having been under the Norse influences since the first millennium their language and social structure resembles the Norse more than the Celts or Scots. Visitors are amazed at their spectacular beauty, wonderful people and return again and again to these splendid but remote islands. Some of Scotland s and the world s most spectacular lighthouses are located in the Northern Isles. This book discusses all 21 major lighthouses in the area most of which were built by the famous Stevenson family of lighthouse engineers. The first and last Stevenson engineered lighthouses are among them. The book contains information not only about the lighthouse stations but includes history, descriptions, and significant points of interest around the lighthouses. Charles Tait, a well-known Orkney photographer, illustrates each lighthouse with magnificent coloured pictures.