Muckle Fluggais the northernmost point of British Isles. Its unique name comes from Old Norse, Mikla Flugey, meaning “large steep-sided island.”
Built by two brothers, Thomas and David Stevenson, in 1854, Muckle Flugga Lighthouse is situated on the rocky island of Muckle Flugga in Shetland, Scotland. It is as fascinating as its history. It was initially called the North Unst Lighthouse and was renamed in 1964. The purpose of building the lighthouse was to protect Her Majesty’s ships during the Crimean War.
Its unique name comes from Old Norse, Mikla Flugey, meaning “large steep-sided island.” Originally, the lighthouse had a fixed light but this changed to group flashing and now, the light beam flashes white every 20 seconds.
How to get there: The nearest town is Lerwick. There is no easy access to the lighthouse but the shore station has a small visitors center and a chartered boat is required to access the lighthouse.
Muckle Flugga Lighthouse became automated in 1995, 140 years after it was initially built, and has remained unmanned ever since.
Note: As we write this, all dreamy-eyed, we are told Muckle Flugga Lighthouse is temporarily closed. Do check for updates before you go!