Friday, 15 May 2009

Gun emplacements

On the Arnish peninsula, just behind the lighthouse from which this blog derives its name, stand a couple of gun emplacements. They look out over the Minch south and east of Stornoway Harbour, and have stood idle since World War II came to an end in 1945. Below is the view from Charlie's Monument, and in line with the gun emplacements in showing the ferry passing the Arnish Lighthouse.

It worries me to read that the Lord's Day Observance Society are applying for planning permission to restore the gun emplacements. Particularly following Calmac's announcement that they will institute Sunday sailings. Is this what is meant by gunboat diplomacy?


  1. And the LORD said unto David, Go, and smite the Philistines!
    (I had to Google that by the way)

  2. Takes muscular christianity a bit far methinks.

  3. Mr Lighthouse,

    Were those gun emplacements built prior to WWII? Left over from WWI?


  4. The gun emplacements, and spotting/directing tower, have the look of their Orkney equivalents which I believe date from WW2.

  5. A Native of Somewhere18 May 2009 at 09:25

    I can see the headlines already:

    "LDOS plan to sink Sunday Ferries backfires due to staffing issues!"

  6. They'd have to outsource the manning of the guns :-)

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