Highlands & Islands

Plan to buy Flannan Isles keepers' shore station in Lewis

Flannan Isles shore station Image copyright John Allan/Geograph
Image caption Urras an Taighe Mhòir hopes to preserve the building as a community asset

A community group on the Isle of Lewis has proposed buying a building that served as the shore station for Flannan Isles lighthouse keepers.

Urras an Taighe Mhòir has been awarded almost £18,000 to pay for a feasibility and technical study of its plans for the site in Breascleate.

The group hopes to preserve the building as a community asset.

The Flannan Isles lighthouse is known for the mysterious disappearance of three keepers in December 1900.

A search of the lighthouse, no trace of the men Thomas Marshall, James Ducat and Donald McArthur.

It was assumed they had been blown over cliffs, or drowned attempting to rescue equipment in bad weather.

The tragedy inspired Keepers, a film made in Galloway and starring Gerard Butler.

Urras an Taighe Mhòir hopes the study will be the first step in the process of purchasing the shore station.

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