New book shines a spotlight on Scotland’s iconic lighthouses

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Donald S Murray visits Sumburgh Head Lighthouse in Shetland to launch For the Safety of All which is available online and in bookstores today.

The fascinating history of Scotland’s lighthouses is revealed through the stories and voices of their keepers in this new book published on Thursday 29th July.

For the Safety of All, written by award-winning Scottish author Donald S Murray and published in partnership by Historic Environment Scotland (HES) and the Northern Lighthouse Board (NLB), brings to life previously untold stories of former keepers and historic plans and drawings from NLB which have been published for the first time.

Published as part of the Year of Coasts and Waters 2020-21, For the Safety of All beautifully showcases original drawings and descriptions of daring construction methods and the frequent and dramatic setbacks. Many images featured in the book were discovered in the HES archives, having never been published before. Around 150 lighthouses in Scotland are designated as listed buildings, with many listed at category A for their special architectural or historic interest.

For the Safety of All is now available to buy online and in all good bookstores. RRP £25. ISBN 978 1 84917 310 0.

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