Todhead Lighthouse

Photographs of Todhead Lighthouse near Stonehaven, Catterline and Kinneff with a history of Todhead Lighthouse

Todhead Lighthouse is located just South of Stonehaven and North of Montrose on the coastal road route of the A92. It is clearly sign posted and easily seen from the main road. A small bumpy road takes you down to Todhead Lighthouse with a few passing points so please do drive slowly not just to enjoy the view but to avoid accidents. AboutAberdeen narrowly missed a motorist going a wee bit too fast as we made our way to Todhead Lighthouse.

Todhead Lighthouse

Follow us on: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Google+

Strictly Come Dancing Professionals Aberdeen AECC

Book early! May 12th Strictly Come Dancing The Professionals at the AECC Buy Tickets.

I have published a book which tells the story of an Aberdonian military nurse who returns from Afghanistan and encounters The Grey Lady Ghost of the Cambridge Military Hospital. The novel reveals her origins and takes him to a pre-war Duthie Park, modern day Cruden Bay and back to the past to the Battle of Loos in World War One where he witnesses the Gordon Highlanders in action. This is the first in the series of Grey and Scarlet Novels by me, CG Buswell, and each book will feature a well known Aberdeen ghost and Aberdeenshire area as well as modern Scottish Infantry in action. Read the first chapter for free.

There is no public access to the short circular section tower of Todhead Lighthouse and the lighthouse keeper cottages are now private homes or holiday homes thinks. Without intruding on the owners we were able to park on the grass verge and take the photos of Todhead Lighthouse on this page.

History of Todhead Lighthouse

The history of Todhead Lighthouse dates back to the 8 November 1894 when the Board of Trade authorised the building of a lighthouse and a fog horn at Todhead. The Stevenson family oversaw the building work and this was by David A. Stevenson with the building work being undertaken by John Mitchell & Sons of Edinburgh. Todhead Lighthouse was switched on on the 20 December 1897. The 3,000,000 candlelight power light had a range of 18 miles and flashed every 30 seconds and there are 48 stairs up to the top of Todhead Lighthouse. The foghorn would sound during foggy nights and when the Scottish haar rose until 1987. The fog signal was first used on the 28 April 1898.

Tod Head Lighthouse

From its early days until 1973 paraffin vapour was used to light Todhead Lighthouse. Electricity was thereafter used and Todhead Lighthouse was automated in 1988 with a new engine room.

Because Todhead Lighthouse is a waypoint navigation between Montrose Lighthouse and Aberdeen Girdleness Lighthouse it was finally decommissioned on the 11 July 2007. Aboutaberdeen think the external buildings were then sold.

Scottish Lighthouse

The area of Todhead or Tod Head is thought to come from the Gaelic word of Toedhadh which means warm and simmering though it could also come from the old Scots word Tod which means fox.

If you like this page and would like to easily share it with your friends and family please use the social networking buttons below:

Whack a Haggis
Play our new game - Whack The Haggis!! - Now available for all formats including iOS, Android and desktop.

More Lighthouses in Aberdeenshire.

Site contents copyright 2004 - 2018. All rights reserved.
Privacy/Disclaimer Policy