Case Study: Tarbat Ness Lighthouse

Client Northern Lighthouse Board
Project Refurbishment and Upgrade of Lighthouse
Location Tarbat Ness
Overview TRAC undertook the scheduled refurbishment and upgrade of Tarbat Ness Lighthouse.
Tarbat Ness Lighthouse is located at the North West tip of the Tarbat Ness peninsula Easter Ross and is one of Scotland’s tallest.
Elevation: 53m with 41m high tower with 203 steps to the top
Nominal Range: 24nm
Contact Craig Field
NLB Project Manager


TRAC were contracted by the Northern Lighthouse Board (NLB) to refurbish and upgrade Tarbat Ness Lighthouse. As part of the works our multi-disciplinary Lighthouse Team:
Decommissioned and stripped out of existing electrical industrial system and replacement with a new electrical modernised installation and LED Optics
Full internal and external paintwork refurbishment
Refurbish and upgrade of the Bothy welfare facility including replacement of kitchen units and sanitary ware
Removal, refurbishment and replacement of all storm windows
Replacement of all steel security gates
Replacement of all floor coverings


As Tarbat Ness is accessible by road, there was less challenges in terms of transport and deliveries than some of the lighthouses TRAC work on. However, the hazards associated with a remote, isolated site exposed to extreme weather conditions, were still prevalent and planned to accordingly. Due to proximity of neighbouring properties, TRAC had to ensure that all works were planned and executed with minimal nuisance whilst still ensuring that we met our Client’s expectations. Safe systems of work were implemented to ensure works could be executed safely with due consideration given to high elevation tower.
A Notice to Mariners was issued to warn that the light would be replaced temporarily with a reduced range light situated on the lighthouse balcony.


The works were carefully programmed to ensure that there was minimal disruption to the operation of the lighthouse and was successfully completed within budget and to the clients satisfaction.