We seemed to stand for an endless while,
Though still no word was said,
Three men alive on Flannan Isle,
Who thought, on three men dead.
– From the Poem, Flannan Isle by Wilfred Wilson Gibson
In 1899, construction on the Flannan Isles lighthouse was completed, perched atop Eilean Mòr, one of the highest points in the Outer Hebrides off the western coast of Scotland. It would soon experience its first tragedy and an enduring mystery. For several days, it's light could not be seen and on December 15, 1900, the ship Archtor documented this concern in its log while heading to port in Leith. However, 11 days would pass before the lighthouse tending ship Hesperus would be able to dock at Eilean Mòr due to foul weather, for which the area is well-known. What they discovered, or rather, didn't discover, would lead to one of the biggest mysteries of this enchanted region. Serious storm damage was evident on the island, but nothing seemed amiss inside the lighthouse itself except for the fact that the three lighthouse keepers had vanished and would never be seen again.
- The Flannan Isles Lighthouse on Wikipedia
- More pictures of the Eilean Mòr Lighthouse
- Author Keith McCloskey's website
- The Outer Hebrides of western Scotland
- The Poem, Flannan Isle, by Wilfrid Wilson Gibson on All Poetry
- Author Keith McCloskey interviewed on Where Did the Road Go? Radio
- Seriah Azkath's website for Where Did The Road Go?
- Seriah Azkath interviewed on Radio Misterioso
- "Back in the day: Flannan Isles Mystery - Gothic horror at its best" by Alan Riach
- 7th century Irish Saint Flannán mac Toirrdelbaig
- Northern Lighthouse Board (NLB)
- For Sale: Little Ross Island, known for its own Lighthouse Keeper murder
- Crofting, part of the culture of Scotland
- The Tragedy of Smalls Lighthouse by Stephen Liddell
- The Eddystone Lighthouse
- "Lighthouse Keeper" by Sound of Sunforest
- "Monster's Toy Box" a review of Astonishing Legends by Monster Dugan on Morbidly Beautiful
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Episode 111: Mystery of the Flannan Isles Lighthouse Part 1. Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel; Ryan McCullough Sound Design; Research Assistance by Tess Pfeifle and the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." for short. Copyright 2018 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. All Rights Reserved.