It took four years for craftsmen, many of them local, to complete the construction of the Bell Rock lighthouse which stands nearly 12 miles from Arbroath's harbour. It was completed in 1811.
The Year of Light festival begins tonight with an extravagant firework display and events, created by locals, are planned for throughout the year.
The Bell Rock is said to be one of Robert Stevenson's most famous structures. Stevenson, the grandfather of the famous author Robert Louis Stevenson, was considered to be one of Scotland's greatest engineers.
Towering nearly 116ft above the North Sea the Bell Rock is the world's oldest lighthouse still in use. Apart from during the two world wars, it has been shining since 1811. Nowadays it is automated and run from Edinburgh by the Northern Lighthouse Board.
As a child I used to see the Bell Rock regularly when we visited family further up the north east coast. It fascinates me to this day and it's thanks to the internet that I now know the full history. Lighthouse keepers are renowned for their record-keeping and the logs give an exceptional insight into life on The Rock. Did you know that in 1815 Sir Walter Scott, on a voyage with the Commissioners, visited the lighthouse, where he signed the visitor's book and wrote his famous lines Pharos Locquitur?
Far in the bosom of the deep,
O'er these wild shelves my watch I keep;
A ruddy gem of changeful light,
Bound on the dusky brow of night,
The seaman bids my lustre hail,
And scorns to strike his timorous sail.
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