Point of Ayr also gives its name to a lighthouse, built in 1776, though inactive since 1844. It stands on Talacre beach, at the entrance to the River Dee estuary. The lighthouse once displayed two lights. The main beam, at 63 feet, shone seaward towards Llandudno. A secondary beam shone up the River Dee, towards the hamlet of Dawpool, in Cheshire, on the English side of the estuary. Whilst in service, the lighthouse was painted with red and white stripes, and had a red lantern housing.
It is reputed that the lighthouse is haunted and that a figure stands on the balcony at the top watching people on the beach below. Just recently a metal life-size figure sculpture has been added as a permanent fixture - to me it looks like C3PO!
Taken - 23/09/11
Location: Point of Ayr, Talacre, North Wales, UK.
Photographer: Stephen Dutch