Barra Head Lighthouse in Outer Hebrides, Scotland

The island of Barra Head is the southernmost in the Outer Hebrides, and is unprotected from the ravages of ocean storms. In the fall of 1833, the Barra Head Lighthouse flicked on for the first time, meant to help sailors near the island's cliffs deal with the extraordinary waves.

As settlements rose and fell around it, the beacon housed keepers steadily for over a century. Many hosted guests who had come to study the island’s flora and fauna, or just to see what life was like. At least...

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