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    Posted July 30, 2014 by
    Austin, Texas
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    The lure of lighthouses

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    Butt of Lewis Lighthouse


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     McDave was particularly proud of capturing this lighthouse (though he has shot photos of many of them) because 'it's remote. It is very isolated on the northwest tip of the Isle of Lewis, and very windy. It is a bit magical thinking that when you're looking to the west across the Atlantic Ocean that there is nothing until you get to Iceland. The sight of the lighthouse, sitting high above the water on cliffs and the surrounding area, are dramatically beautiful. After visiting there, one really wants to get inside and get warm, and the only place for doing that is a little tea room nearby (The Europa Tea Room,) which serves hot soup and bacon toasties! I'd love to go back!'
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    Built by David Stevenson in 1862, the Butt of Lewis sits at the northwestern tip of the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. This red brick structure stands 37 meters high in the area where some of the UK's highest recorded wind speeds have occurred. Going west from here across the Atlantic is Iceland.

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