Construction of this lighthouse began in July, 1871, as granite was quarried from nearby. Advice and equipment were supplied by D&T Stevenson, an engineering firm from Scotland. With a light standing 95 feet above sea level, it could be seen as far away as 13 miles in clear weather.
From this time until the 1940's, there were six different lighthouse keepers stationed here. The building was then abandoned and slowly fell into ruin.
The Southwest Development Association, and other community groups, came together in 1988 with plans to restore the lighthouse to its former condition. Work began in 1996, and was finished in 1999.
A bed and breakfast, gift store, canteen, etc., have all been constructed near the walking path leading to the lighthouse. The staff are quite friendly and the view is breathtaking. We stayed at the bed and breakfast for two nights while exploring around the area, and I had even attempted to do some night photography at the lighthouse, but the weather refused to cooperate.