Shin­ing a light on beau­ti­ful bea­cons

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - Daily Mail Reporter

THEY stand in their des­o­late grandeur, bea­cons of a by­gone era sur­rounded by the stark beauty of coastal ex­tremes.

But now Scot­land’s iso­lated light­houses have been cap­tured in a se­ries of stun­ning pho­to­graphs for a new book which also cat­a­logues their il­lu­mi­nat­ing his­tory.

While writ­ing his guide, called Fol­low­ing The Light, au­thor and keen ama­teur pho­tog­ra­pher Peter Gel­latly vis­ited many of Scot­land’s 200 ma­jor light­houses – a task made es­pe­cially dif­fi­cult by the fact he can­not drive.

The col­lege lec­turer had to plan his trips with mil­i­tary pre­ci­sion, trav­el­ling by bus and boat, train and taxi, bike and on foot.

Fair Isle South, the last light­house to be au­to­mated, and Lis­more un­der a rain­bow, are a cou­ple of his favourite images. And he stayed in Turn­berry Light­house, on the edge of the cel­e­brated Ayr­shire golf course, which has been was con­verted by Don­ald Trump into suites cost­ing up to £7,000 a night. It is one of sev­eral Scots light­houses which have been turned into hol­i­day ac­com­mo­da­tion. Mr Gel­latly, 45, of Coat­bridge, La­nark­shire, said: ‘Be­ing able to hol­i­day at the light­houses opened up new ad­ven­tures. ‘North Ron­ald­say, which is the tallest land-based one in the UK, was my first about four years ago. I got a tour and it was such a stun­ning place it en­cour­aged me to visit more and more.’

Light fan­tas­tic: His­toric Turn­berry Light­house, where au­thor Peter Gel­latly, in­set, stayed Splen­did iso­la­tion: Davaar Light­house on Camp­bel­town Loch

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