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Famous Maine Lighthouses

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Maine Lighthouse Experience - 4K


PO3SMITH created this beautiful aerial tour of some of the lighthouses of Maine, in the northeastern USA.  The state's rocky coastline makes for some of the country's most dangerous waters, and it's no surprise that some of the world's most famous lighthouses are here to protect shipping from a myriad of hazards.  The video's opening shot is of Portland Head Light, the most well known Maine lighthouse.  Located on Cape Elizabeth, the lighthouse has been guiding traffic in and out of Portland Harbor since 1791 and is still operational.

Wales: South Stack

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South Stack Lighthouse, Anglesey

Joshua Paul Gardner

The South Stack Lighthouse is built on the summit of a small island off the north-west coast of Holy Island, Anglesey, Wales. It was constructed in 1809 to warn ships of the dangerous rocks below.  The lighthouse is located on a small island reached via a descent of 400 steps down the steep mainland cliffs. This video is part of Joshua Paul Gardner's series of drone videos on the iconic landmark, one of the most well known lighthouses in the world and protected under UK conservation statutes.

Denmark: Rubjerg Knude

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Rubjerg Knude from a Drone

Magnus Bo Hansen

Navigating between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea involves passing near various points on the coast of Denmark, and the going can be treacherous due to winds, currents, and narrow passageways, in addition to heavy shipping traffic.  In this video, contributor Magnus Bo Hansen used a drone to create a bird's eye view of the Rujberg Knude lighthouse, which sits atop a 60 m (200 ft) cliff overlooking the North Sea near the northern tip of the country.   It's one of the most well known lighthouses in Europe.   

Nova Scotia, Canada: Peggy's Cove

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Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada, via DJI Phantom 3 drone (#LighthouseProject)

Nō Ka 'Oi Drone Guys

Given the area's historical dependence on shipping and fishing, lighthouses have long been important part of the landscape of Canada's Maritime Provinces.  Peggys Cove Lighthouse (sometimes called Peggys Point) was built in 1915 and quickly became one of the most recognized spots in Nova Scotia and indeed in all of Canada.   In this video, contributor and pilot Nō Ka 'Oi Drone Guys filmed this iconic looking lighthouse with a drone.  This aerial footage was featured in various Canadian national media outlets.  

Puerto Rico: Los Morrillos

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Los Morrillos Lighthouse, Cabo Rojo Puerto Rico

Pedro's airtime

Contributor and pilot Pedro's Airtime created this stunning drone video of one of the most important lighthouses in the Caribbean. Los Morrillos Lighthouse is in Cabo Roca, the town which sits in the the very southwestern corner of Puerto Rico.  The town is situated on the east side of the Mona Passage between the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.  The lighthouse was built in 1882, and since then has played an important navigational role for ship traffic in and out of the Caribbean through these waters.

Oregon, USA: Yaquina Head

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Yaquina Head Lighthouse Newport Oregon Coast


The rocky shores of the USA's Pacific Northwest are notoriously dangerous for shipping, and lighthouses continue to be critical for maintaining shipping safety.  Yaquina Head Light is in Lincoln County, Oregon, near the mouth of the Yaquina River.  First lit in 1873, it's one of the most well known lighthouses in the region, and at 28 meters (93 ft.) it's the tallest such structure in the state.  In this video, you can see this iconic lighthouse from a bird's eye perspective,  compliments of contributor Cward360.  

Dorset, England: Portland Bill

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Portland Bill & Lighthouse - Short Cinematic Film

AVEA - Alta Vista Epic Aerials

Contributor Alta Vista Epic Aerials brings us this fantastic drone video of one of the most well recognized spots in Southwest England.  Portland Bill is a small island connected via sand bar to the mainland just south of Weymouth in County Dorset.  At the southern end of the island is a narrow promontory, upon which sits the Portland Bill Lighthouse.  The lighthouse is one of England's most important; it protects ships moving through some of the most dangerous (as well as busy) waters on the English Channel.  

Isle of Skye Scotland: Neist Point

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Scotland in Motion: The Isle of Skye

L.A. Media

L.A. Media created this mini tour by drone of Scotland's legendary Isle of Skye.  The opening shot is of one of the most iconic landmarks on this famous isle in the Scottish Highlands.  Neist Point Lighthouse is located on a point of the same name, in the northeastern part of Skye.  It was built in 1909.  The lighthouse is important to protecting shipping traffic in the dangerous waters between the Inner and Outer Hebrides.  It is not a manned lighthouse; since 1990 it's been controlled remotely.  

Lake Constance, Germany: Lindau

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Flight over Lake of Constance Germany DJI Phantom 3


Contributor Cyber_Drone used a DJI Phantom 3 drone to give us this aerial view of one of the world's most famous inland lighthouses.  Lindau Lighthouse is situated on the town of the same name, which is an island on Lake Constance in Bavaria.  The lake is part of the Rhine River and has shores in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria.   The lighthouse was built in 1859.  Since the 1990's, its operation has been fully automated.  It stands opposite the harbor entrance from an iconic looking lion statue.

Northern England: Souter

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Souter Lighthouse, Tyne & Wear: DJI Phantom 4

Aerial Video Works

Souter Lighthouse is a lighthouse located in the village of Marsden in northern England. It's near the town of South Shields, in the northeastern county of Tyne & Wear.  It was the first lighthouse in the world to be designed and built specifically to use AC electric current.  The lighthouse was a much-needed aid to navigation due to this coastline being the most dangerous in the country.  See this amazing lighthouse from a bird's eye perspective with this epic drone video from Aerial Video Works.  

Cape Neddick (Nubble) Light, Maine

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Nubble Lighthouse, York Maine


Cape Neddick Light is one of the most famous lighthouses on the East Coast of the United States.  Also known as Nubble Light, it sits on a prominent peninsula on the southern coast of Maine, just north of the opening to the harbor of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Constructed in 1879 and automated since 1987, its significance is such that a picture of the lighthouse was included in the payload of the Voyager spacecraft launched into outer space in 1977, along with images of the Great Wall and the Taj Mahal.  

Cornwall, England: Godrevy

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Godrevy Lighthouse: The Best Sunset Views in Cornwall

Joshua Paul Gardner

Contributor and pilot Joshua Paul Gardner used a DJI Phantom drone to create this amazing video of an important lighthouse in the South of England.  The Godrevy lighthouse was built in the 1850's on St. Ives Bay, on the northern side of the western tip of County Cornwall.  It was built as a navigation aid around the Stones Reef, which had caused many shipwrecks over the years.  In 1854, a passenger ship with about 40 onboard wrecked on the reef, providing the final impetus for the lighthouse to be built.  

Northern California, USA: Point Sur

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Point Sur Lighthouse (Short Version)


Contributor and pilot Jayxlamar created this beautiful drone video of one of the most well recognized lighthouses on the USA's Pacific Coast.  Point Sur Lighthouse is situated near the southern end of the famous Big Sur coastline in Monterey, California, a 2-3 hour drive south of the Bay Area.  Built in 1889, the lighthouse stands about 80 meters (around 270 ft.) above sea level on the Point Sur Peninsula.  Point Sur is the only lighthouse of this type in California which is open to the public.  

Northern Ireland: St. John's Point

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St John's Point Lighthouse 4K


Contributor and pilot Gavmart created this amazing drone video of St. John's Lighthouse, an important navigation aid to coastal shipping in Northern Ireland.  The lighthouse is located near Ardglass in County Down, a harbor town which continues to host a substantial fishing fleet.  St. Johns helps these and other watercraft to navigate the treacherous waters of the Irish Sea along the eastern coast of the province of Ulster, which is split between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

Narragansett Bay, USA: Point Judith

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Point Judith Light // DJI Phantom 4 Pro


The Point Judith Light lighthouse is located on the west side of the entrance to Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. Seen here in this drone video by contributor and pilot AGLAerials, the lighthouse sits at the confluence of two waterways.  The currents and other navigational hazards here pose numerous challenges to the busy shipping lanes that pass near here.  While there have been many shipwrecks off these coasts even with active lighthouses, it's safe to assume that the toll would have been far larger without them.

Kent, England: North Foreland

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Joss Bay and North Foreland Lighthouse


Contributor Oszibusz created this beautiful aerial view of a beautiful and historic spot at the very eastern end of County Kent in Southeastern England.  The centerpiece of North Foreland is its lighthouse, which was the last manned lighthouse in the UK.  In the video, you'll see a tower standing next to the lighthouse.  This was one of the radar towers which ringed the Kent coastline, part of a defense system which provided critical early warning to RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain in 1940. 

Galicia, Spain: Tower of Hercules

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The Tower of Hercules: Parrot Bebop 2


The Tower of Hercules is one of the oldest lighthouses in the world.  It's located off the coast of the Galicia region, in the northwestern corner of Spain.  The dates to Roman times, in the second century AD.  The original structure was 34 meters, or about 112 feet.  In the late 18th century it was renovated extensively, and another 21 meters (69 ft.) was added to its height.  Today the tower is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.  The tower is tied to Geryon, a giant in Greco-Roman mythology.

New South Wales, Australia: Macquarie

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The Macquarie Lighthouse in New South Wales


Contributor and pilot Skys_Feed used a DJI Phantom 4 drone to create this beautiful video of the Macquarie Lighthouse, the oldest in Australia.  It is situated in Vaucluse, a suburb of Sydney in the state of New South Wales.  The lighthouse is situated in an area critical to shipping navigation in and out of the Sydney Harbor.  The present lighthouse was built in 1881-83.  The lighthouse is still operational, and the site is now protected by designation under the New South Wales State Heritage Register.

Makapuu Point Light, Oahu

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Lighthouse, Hawaii


Checkout this drone video of the most famous lighthouse in Hawaii, compliments of contributor angelo_q.  It's called the Makapuu Point Light, and it's situated at the southeastern tip of Oahu.  If you glance at a map of Hawaii, you'll see why this would be an important spot for a lighthouse - virtually all shipping traffic to and from the mainland USA must navigate this point.  Constructed in 1909, its lens is the largest of any lighthouse in the world, and it's also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  

Corsica, France: L'Île de la Giraglia

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Lighthouse of L'Île de la Giraglia (Corse)


North of Cap Corse, the peninsula which forms the northern tip of the French island of Corsica in the western Mediterranean, there's a tiny island called Giraglia.  The island's two landmarks are a tower built by the Genoese in the 16th-17th centuries called Torra di Giraglia and a lighthouse.  Both are official monuments protected by the government of France.  In this video by AirVuz contributor and drone pilot Altrove, you'll get a bird's eye view of this iconic looking island, which is barely visible on a map.

California, USA: Pigeon Point

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California's Pigeon Point Lighthouse


Stillmotionpicture created this stunning drone video of one of California's most famous lighthouses.  Pigeon Point Lighthouse is situated on the Pacific coast between Santa Cruz and San Francisco, in San Mateo County.  The structure was built in 1871.  At 35 meters (around 115 ft.), it's tied for being California's tallest lighthouse.  The location of this lighthouse was particularly important as a navigational aid for ships on coastal routes from the south headed for San Francisco Bay.

North Wales, UK: Point of Ayr

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Point of Ayr Lighthouse, North Wales - Aerial Cinematic 's (Mavic Pro / 3DR Solo / Sony A6300)

AS Aerial Cinematics

Built in 1776 Point Ayr lighthouse sits at the very northeast corner of Wales at the Dee River estuary.  It is only a few short miles from the port city of Liverpool in Northern England, which lies to its north and west.  Contributor AS Aerial Cinematics used a 3DR Solo drone to provide a beautiful aerial view of this structure, which has been providing navigation for ships plying what were once some of the world's busiest coastal routes for over two centuries.  The landmark is considered one of the country's most well known lighthouses.

New South Wales, Australia: Cape Byron

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Cape Byron Lighthouse: New South Wales, Australia


Contributor and pilot DroneKUMELL used a Xiaomi Mi drone to create this aerial tour of what is considered Australia's most famous lighthouse.  Cape Byron Light is on Cape Byron, which is just a few km/mi from the town of Byron Bay in New South Wales.  It has the distinction of being the easternmost point in Australia.  Completed in 1901, it's light intensity is about 2.2 million candela, making it the most powerful lighthouse in the country.  The lighthouse attracts about 500,000 visitors per year.

New Caledonia: Le Phare Amédée

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Le Phare Amédée

Les Waouh de Vic

Le Phare Amédée is the site of one of the most well known lighthouses in the South Pacific.  It's located on a small island of the same name about 24 km (around 15 mi) from the city of  Nouméa, in New Caledonia.  It was built in Paris in 1862, tested, disassembled, and then shipped around the world.  At 56 meters (184 ft.), it's one of the tallest lighthouses in the world.  Contributor Les Waouh de Vic used a DJI Mavic Pro Platinum to create this beautiful aerial view of the landmark, one of NC's top tourist attractions. 

Setúbal, Portugal: Cape Espichel

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Cabo Espichel with DJI Mavic Pro UHD


Get a bird's eye view of one of Portugal's most famous lighthouses in this drone video. Cape Espichel Lighthouse lies at the tip of the cape of the same name in Portugal's Setúbal District, which lies just to the south of the capital city and is part of the Grande Lisboa (Greater Lisbon) region.  Built in 1790, the lighthouse provides critical navigation to an area which was known as the Black Coast to British sailors because of its extreme danger to ships headed in and out of Lisbon Harbor.

Yorkshire, England: Flamborough Head Lighthouse

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Flamborough Head


Here's an epic bird's eye view of one of the most well known lighthouses in Northern England, compliments of contributor jonathanrichards.  Flamborough Head is a peninsula in the North Sea in Yorkshire County.  Given the spot's importance to important coastal shipping lanes, there has been a lighthouse here since 1674.  The current structure, which was built in 1806, was the world's first to use color in its signal.  It's still operational, although the lighthouse has been automated since 1996.  

North Carolina, USA: Bodie Island Lighthouse

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Bodie Island Lighthouse-Phantom 3 Pro


I-Drone-Aerial created this beautiful drone video of one of the most visited lighthouses on the US East Coast.  Bodie Island lighthouse is located on an island of the same name, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  The Outer Banks, which lie on the state's northern Atlantic Coast, are notoriously difficult waters for ships.  The Bodie Island Lighthouse, opened in 1873, was critical to improving the safety of shipping in these treacherous waters.  The lighthouse is about 50 meters (about 155 ft.) in height.  

County Donegal, Ireland: Fanad

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Fanad Lighthouse: Donegal, Ireland


Check out this beautiful drone video of one of the most well known lighthouses in Ireland, compliments of contributor Hallmark7.  Fanad Head Lighthouse sits at the end of the Fanad Peninsula in the northern part of County Donegal, Ireland's northernmost county.   The lighthouse lies at the western entrance to Lough Swilly, the inlet which separates the Fanad and Inishowen Peninsulas and which represents a navigational challenge for ships in the area.  The current structure, which was built in 1886, has a tower height of 22 meters (72 ft.).  

Norfolk, England: Happisburgh

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Happisburgh Lighthouse // Little Escape // Episode 14 // Norfolk // Drone 4K

Joshua Paul Gardner

England's Norfolk coastline bulges into the North Sea, creating significant navigational challenges for ships in these perenially busy waters.  Since 1790, the Happisburgh Light House, which sits near the northeastern apex of the coast, has been critical to protecting ships in the area.  With a focal height of 41 meters (about 135 ft.), it's the oldest working lighthouse in the East Anglia.  In this drone video from Joshua Paul Gardner, you can see this famous landmark from a bird's eye perspective.  

Split Rock Lighthouse, Lake Superior

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Split Rock Lighthouse, Lake Superior


Contributor duluthaerial used a DJI Mavic Pro 2 to aerially film the famed Split Rock Lighthouse on the North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota.  Completed in 1910, the landmark regularly appears atop lists of the USA's most iconic lighthouses.  It sits atop a cliff about an hour's drive north of Duluth, on a stretch of the lake which was at one time considered quite treacherous for shipping.  Retired in 1969, the lighthouse made an appearance as a filming location for the 2013 blockbuster The Great Gatsby.

Oregon, USA: Terrible Tilly

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Terrible Tilly


Take in this aerial video of what was once one of the most well-known lighthouses in the USA's Pacific Northwest.  It's the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, and it sits on a tiny island about 2 km (around 1.2 mi.) off the coast of Oregon in Tillamook County.  When completed in 1881, it was the most expensive lighthouse on the West Coast.  It soon garnered the nickname "Terrible Tilly" due to the dangers involved in reaching the island in inclement weather.  Now inactive, it's listed in the National Historic Register.  

Ibiza, Spain: Moscarters Lighthouse

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Lighthouse of the Moscarters in Ibiza

Safi Dehili

Contributor Sam Dehili created this stunning drone video of the tallest lighthouse in Spain's Balearic Islands in the western Mediterranean.  Punta Moscarter is a point on the northern shore of Ibiza, the third largest of the four islands (second largest by population).  Located near the town of Punta Moscarter, the lighthouse was opened in 1978.  With a height of 52 meters (about 170 ft.), it's the tallest lighthouse in the region.  It's located in the sea lanes on the eastern approaches to Valencia, Spain's largest port.  

Southern Spain: Cape Trafalgar Lighthouse

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Drone Views of Los Caños de Meca, Cape Trafalgar


Contributor MrMaikelMaik brings us this beautiful aerial view of the area around Los Caños de Meca, in southern Spain.  The town lies just to the east of Cape Trafalgar, in the Andalusian province of Cádiz.  The video also captures the well known Cape Gibraltar Lighthouse.  The waters here were the site of one of the world's most famous naval battles: in 1805, a British fleet under Admiral Lord Nelson defeated a French/Spanish fleet and dealt a heavy blow to Napoloeon's drive to control the seas.  

Southern Ireland: Old Head Lighthouse

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Old Head Lighthouse, Cork, Ireland. Mavic 2 Pro

Mark's Mavic 2

Contributor and pilot Mark's Mavic 2 used a DJI Mavic Pro 2 to create this stunning video of the lighthouse at the Old Head of Kinsale in County Cork, Ireland.  The spot is famous for being the nearest land point to the sinking of the RMS Lusitania by a German U-Boat during World War I. On May 7, 1915, the Cunard-operated ship was torpedoed about 19 km (11 mi.) from here, killing almost 1,200 people.  The ensuing worldwide outrage caused Germany to temporarily suspend unrestricted submarine warfare.  

France's La Vieille Lighthouse

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phare de la vieille

capitaine citron

The star of this drone video by capitaine citron is the La Vieille Lighthouse near the western extremity of France.  It is situated on a tiny islet just off the tip of Pointe du Raz in Finistère, the westernmost department of Brittany and Metropolitan France. The lighthouse protects the eastern side of the Raz de Sein Strait, a particularly dangerous stretch of water which must be crossed to enter the port of Brest from the south.  Completed in 1887, the lighthouse stands 27 meters tall (89 ft.).

Canary Islands: Maspalomas Lighthouse

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Lighthouse in Maspalomas | Gran Canaria | Spain


The lighthouses of the Canary Islands have long played an important role in keeping ships off of their rocky shores; if you look at a map of North Africa, you'll see why.  Probably the most important of these is the Maspalomas Lighthouse, which sits at the southern end of Gran Canaria.  Opened in 1890 and automated since 1973, the tower stands 56 meters (just under 200 ft.) tall; it's the second tallest in the chain.  Check out this important maritime landmark from above in this drone video from DroneEyePerspective.

East Sussex, England: Beachy Head Lighthouse

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Beautiful Beachy Head Lighthouse


Check out this drone video of a famous lighthouse on England's southern coastline, compliments of DroneEyePerspective.  Beachy Head Lighthouse has been helping to protect shipping in the English Channel since 1902.  It's located at the base of the chalk cliffs below the town of the same name in East Sussex, roughly halfway between Brighton and Hastings.  A few years ago, a campaign raised the funds required to have the distinctive red and white stripes on the 43 meter (141 ft.) tower repainted.

Northern Portugal: Leça da Palmeira

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Lighthouse Leça da Palmeira with Mavic Air


The Atlantic coastline of Portugal's Norte region is dominated by Porto and cities which have become part of its metropolitan area.  One of these cities is Leça da Palmeira, a city which is situated just a short ways up the coast from Porto.  It has a long history as an important port city and more recently as an oil refining center.  Contributor Hpascoal created this beautiful drone video of the lighthouse of Leça da Palmeira, with other parts of the coastal city visible in the background.

Cape Cod, Massachusetts: Sankaty Head Light

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Sankaty Head Light


Check out this stunning drone video of one of the most well-known lighthouses on the USA's East Coast, compliments of contributor PO3SMITH.  Sankaty Head Light sits on the east end of the island of Nantucket, south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  One look at a map will tell you why a lighthouse would be important here; the island sits astride busy shipping lanes in and out of Boston Harbor and points further north.  The 21 meter (70 ft.) lighthouse was completed in 1850 and has been automated since 1965.

Sintra, Portugal: Cabo da Roca Lighthouse

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The Lighthouse of Cabo de Roca

Drone -Cascais

Drone-Cascais used a DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone to create this spectacular aerial video of the lighthouse of Cabo de Roca, one of the most well known such structures in Portugal.  The lighthouse has a modest height of 22 meters (72 ft.), but the height of the cliff gives it a focal height of 165 meters (about 540 ft.).  It's situated on the cape of the same name, at (more or less) the western extremity of Portugal in its Sintra privince, part of the Greater Lisbon region.  It was built in 1772 and continues to operate.

California's Point Vicente Light

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Point Vicente Lighthouse Drone Video


Point Vicente Light is one of the most important lighthouses in Southern California.  It is situated at the tip of the Palos Verdes Peninsula in the town of Rancho Palos Verdes.  Completed in 1926 and automated since 1973, the lighthouse provides navigation for ships heading in and out of Los Angeles Harbor, home to the USA's two busiest container ports.   Seen here in this excellent drone video, Point Vicente Light and its surroundings were used as a primary filming location for the 2017 World War II film Dunkirk.

Trwyn Dru Lighthouse, Wales

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Penmon Point, Anglesey, North Wales


Here's a beautiful drone video from a little-known corner of Wales, compliments of content creator and pilot tudnofilms.  It was filmed in the area around Penmon, on the Isle of Anglesey (the largest island of Wales).  The town lies at the tip of an arrow-shaped landform which juts off the southeastern corner of the island.  The video also features footage of the tiny Puffin Island and the iconic Trwyn Du Lighthouse, which lies on a tiny islet just off the tip of the "mainland".  Completed in 1838, it's one of the most famous in Wales.

Western Cyprus: Paphos Lighthouse

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Lighthouse, Paphos Ancient Odeon

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Check out this beautiful drone video of one of the most well known lighthouses on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, compliments of contributor and pilot Lego.  It's located on a small peninsula on the western part of the island, near the harbor town of the same name.   The lighthouse was built in the late 1800's, when Cyprus was under British rule and was considered strategically important relative to routes to and from the Suez Canal.  You'll also see some shots of the adjacent Odeon ampitheater.   

Lisbon, Portugal: Bugio's Lighthouse

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Bugio's lighthouse - In the middle of Tagus river, Lisbon, Portugal


Here's a terrific aerial view of one of the landmarks of the Greater Lisbon region of Portugal: it's a lighthouse atop a small island at the mouth of the Tagus River called Bugio's Lighthouse.  It's situated within the Forte de São Lourenço do Bugio, a 16th century fortress which was built at the mouth of the river to protect Lisbon from the ever-present threat of a seaborne invasion.   The original lighthouse was destroyed in the cataclysmic 1755 earthquake but its replacement continues to be operational.

Cape Fear, North Carolina Old Baldy Lighthouse

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Old Baldy Lighthouse

Bumble Bee Productions

Contributor and pilot Bumble Bee Productions brings us this beautiful aerial view of one of the most famous lighthouses in the Southeastern USA.  It's called Bald Head Lighthouse, known colloquially as Mt. Baldy.  Situated on Bald Head Island near the mouth of the Cape Fear River, it's the oldest standing lighthouse in the Tar Heel State.  It opened in 1817 to protect shipping in and out of the then-young port of Wilmington.  Both Mt. Baldy and the nearby Cape Fear Lighthouses were closed in the late 1950's.  

Chicago, USA: Harbor Lighthouse

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Chicago Harbor Lighthouse

60 Seconds

Navigating the waters of Lake Michigan can be treacherous, especially around the gigantic city of Chicago, Illinois in its southern reaches.  The approaches to Chicago Harbor are safer due to the Chicago Harbor Lighthouse, which stands just to the east of Navy Pier.  The lighthouse was originally displayed at the 1893 Columbian Exposition but it was moved to its current location in 1919.  Contributor and pilot 60 Seconds used a drone to create a marvelous aerial view of this important landmark. 

Vancouver's Point Atkinson Lighthouse

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Lighthouse Park - West Vancouver, BC


Check out this drone videos of one of the most well-known parks of greater Vancouver, Canada, compliments of contributor and pilot raphael_bellizzi.  It's called Lighthouse Park, and it is situated on a small promontory on the north side of Burrard Inlet.  It's the home of the Point Atkinson Lighthouse, which provides navigational guidance to shipping in and out of Vancouver Harbor.  Built in 1914 and now automated, the lighthouse (and surrounding park) is a National Historic Site of Canada.  

Salvador, Brazil: Lighthouse of Itapuã

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Farol de Itapuã, Salvador BA, DJI Inspire2 Zenmuse X5S

Peu Ribeiro

The Lighthouse of Itapuã (Farol de Itapuã) is one of the more well known landmarks of the Brazilian city of Salvador.  Its distinctive red and white stripe design graces the coastline near this city, the capital of the state Bahia and the largest in the country's Northeast region.  The Itapuã Lighthouse sits on a small promontory north of the city, on the approaches to the Bay of All Saints.  You can see this iconic landmark from a bird's eye perspective in this fantastic drone video by Peu Ribeiro.

Chipiona: Spain's Tallest Lighthouse

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High Light


Here's a great aerial tour of a famous lighthouse in southern Spain, compliments of AirVuz contributor Santiago10. It's called Chipiona Lighthouse (also sometimes called Punta del Perro Light), and it's located on a small promontory called the Punta del Perro in Cadiz, the southernmost province of mainland Spain.  First lit in 1867, the lighthouse tower stands 62 meters tall (205 ft.), making it the tallest lighthouse in Spain and one of the two-dozen tallest in the world.   It can be seen from a distance of 46 km (29 mi.).  

California's Point Arena Lighthouse

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Point Arena Lighthouse - California, USA in 4K

Earth Mappers

Check out this drone video of one of California's most famous lighthouses, compliments of contributor and pilot Earth Mappers.  It's Point Arena Lighthouse, and it's located just a couple km/mi north of Point Arena in Mendocino County, roughly halfway between San Francisco and the Oregon border.  The original lighthouse here, built in 1870, was destroyed in the great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906.  The current structure, which stands 35 meters tall (around 115 ft.), was completed in 1908. 

Los Morillos Light, Puerto Rico

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Faro Los Morillos Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico

Bumble Bee Productions

Content creator and drone pilot Bumble Bee Productions created this beautiful drone videos of a historic lighthouse on the US island territory of Puerto Rico.  Los Morillos Light (Faro Los Morrillos de Cabo Rojo) is situated on a promontory near the southwestern corner of the island.  The lighthouse was built in 1882 to protect shipping in and out of the Caribbean Sea through the (often treacherous) Mona Passage.  The landmark is known for its simple, elegant design.  It has been automated since 1967.

Miķeļbāka: Latvia's Tallest Lighthouse

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Shine the light

Eaglewood Pictures

Eaglewood Films created this drone video of Miķeļbāka, the tallest lighthouse in Latvia.  It lies on the south side of the main passageway that connects the Baltic Sea to the Gulf of Riga.  The original lighthouse here was built in 1884, but was damaged during World War I and later dismantled.  The second lighthouse was blown up by Soviet forces during the early months of the German invasion of the USSR in World War II.  The current structure, which stands 56 meters or about 180 ft., was built in 1957. 

Hong Kong's Waglan Lighthouse

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hong kong waglan lighthouse 2019-11-10


Check out this drone video of one of Hong Kong's last surviving lighthouses, compliments of caldina3188. It sits on Waglan Island, an islet which is part of the Po Toi archipelago, a group of about 200 small islands southeast of Hong Kong Island.  The lighthouse was built in 1893 to protect shipping lanes in and out of Hong Kong Harbor from the southeast.  It's one of about 115 scheduled monuments in the Hong Kong Territory.  Automated since 1989, it's one of five operating Hong Kong lighthouses.

Sleepy Hollow: Hudson River Lighthouse

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Sunset Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse


Lighthouses aren't just for sea coasts and harbors.  One of the most famous lighhouses in the USA's Mid-Atlantic region is Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse, which is located on the Hudson River near Tarrytown, around 50 km (about 30 mi.) north of the river's mouth in New York Harbor.  Built using the "spark plug" lighthouse design, it was constructed in 1883 to protect shipping up and down the busy waterway.  De-activated in 1961, it's on the National Register of Historic Places.  Check it out from above in this drone video by shelteredexistence.  

New London Ledge: Connecticut's Haunted Lighthouse

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New London Ledge Light


Here's a nice aerial view of a "haunted" lighthouse in the USA's New England region, compliments of Golf.Tango.  It's called New London Ledge Light, and it's located near the mouth of the Thames River in Groton, southeastern Connecticut.  Completed in 1909, it remains operational, although it was automated in 1987.  Local legend has it that the lighthouse is haunted by a former keeper named Ernie. The lighthouse has been featured on a number of TV shows about paranormal activity.  

St. Mary's Lighthouse in North Yorkshire, England

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St Mary's Lighthouse


If you look at the North Sea coastline of North East England on a map, there is a small peninsula which forms the northern side of Whitley Bay, a bit to the north of the mouth of the River Tyne.  At the tip of this peninsula is a small sandbar of an island called St. Mary's Island.  The most prominent landmark on the island is the iconic St. Mary's Lighthouse.  Commissioned in 1898 and closed in 1984, it's now open to the public.  You can check out this Grade II listed landmark from above in this drone video by top contributor newcastlemale.  

Beavertail Lighthouse, Rhode Island

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Beavertail Lighthouse - Jamestown, RI // Yuneec Typhoon H


Contributor AGL Aerials used a Yuneec Typhoon H drone to create this aerial view of Beavertail Lighthouse, the most well-known lighthouse in the USA state of Rhode Island.  The lighthouse sits at the southern tip of Conanicut Island, at the entrance to Naragansett Bay.  Located in an important spot relative to shipping lanes in and out of the state's main harbors, a crude beacon was operational here as early as the early 1700's.  The current structure dates to 1856, and it's been automated since 1989.  

Little Sable and Holland Point Lighthouses, Lake Michigan

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Frozen Winter Wonder Land Little Sable Point Lighthouse & Holland Big Red Lighthouse Polar Vortex

Timeless Aerial Photography

Check out this drone video of two of the most famous lighthouses on Lake Michigan, compliments of contributor Timeless Aerial Photography.  Little Sable Point Light and Holland Harbor Light both lie on the eastern shore of the lake, in the state of Michigan.  Little Sable is the better known of the two; completed in 1874, it was designed by a Orlando Poe, a Civil War army officer who designed many of the early lighthouses on the Great Lakes.  The Holland lighthouse was completed in 1872; it assists navigation into the port of Holland.  

Ireland's Loop Head Light

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Loop Head flight

Hartwell Photography

If you look at a map of Ireland, you'll quickly understand why the peninsulas which make up much of the southern part of the country's Atlantic (western) coast would represent a navigational challenge for ships.  Not surprisingly, these peninsulas are home to some of the country's most iconic lighthouses, including the one you'll see in this drone video by Hartwell Photography: the Loop Head Lighthouse, in County Clare.  Built in 1854 and automated since 1991, the lighthouse stands 23 meters tall (about 75 ft.).   

Oluvi Lighthouse, Sri Lanka

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Light House - Oluvil - Sri Lanka


Top contributor ablbaset used a drone to film one of the most well known lighthouses on the Indian Ocean island nation of Sri Lanka.  It's called the Oluvil Light House, and it's located on the country's southeastern coast. The distinctive looking white cylindrical structure stands just under 24 meters (about 80 ft.) high.  Opened in 1999, it was the first lighthouse constructed in Sri Lanka since the country achieved its independence from the British Empire several decades previously.  

Finisterrre: Spain's "End of the World" Lighthouse

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Faro de Finisterre


Spain's Cape Finisterre isn't (as its name translates) the "end of the world", but in pre-Columbian times it probably felt pretty close.  It's a peninsula in the northwestern corner of Galicia, the region which covers the northwestern corner of Spain.  In historical times, the cape was associated with the famous Saint James Way pilgrimage route.  The most westerly point in mainland Spain, the cape's most recognizable landmark is the Cape Finisterre Lighthouse, which you will see in this drone video.  

Castlepoint: New Zealand's Tallest Lighthouse

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New Zealand - Castlepoint

Leni Sediva

In this drone video by Leni Sediva, you'll get a bird's eye view of the tallest lighthouse in New Zealand.  It's Castle Point Lighthouse, and it's located in the seaside town of Castlepoint in the Wellington region near the southern tip of the North Island.  Built in 1913, the lighthouse stands 52 meters tall (about 180 ft.).  It's one of only two rotating beam lighthouses left in the country.  The lighthouse sits at the tip of a long, narrow reef.  Still operational, the lighthouse has been automated since 1988.

Baltimore Harbor Light, Chesapeake Bay

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Seen here in this drone video, Baltimore Harbor Light is one of the most important lighthouses in the USA's Chesapeake Bay.  Lying just south of the mouth of the Patapsco River, it serves as a navigational aid to ships headed in and out of the port of Baltimore.  Standing 16 meters (52 ft.), the lighthouse was first lit in 1908 and has been automated since 1964.  It was (at the time of construction) the world's tallest caisson lighthouse, an offshore construction design which developed as a cheaper alternative to using screw-piles.

Punta Orchilla Lighthouse, Canary Islands

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The End of the World Lighthouse


Punta Orchilla Lighthouse (Faro de Punta Orchilla) is located on the western side of El Hierro, the westernmost of the Canary Islands.  For this reason, it's nicknamed the “lighthouse at the edge of the world.”  Sitting atop a hill, it has a focal height of 132 meters or about 425 ft.  It became operational in 1933 and is extremely isolated; reaching it requires a 25 km (15 mi.) trip through a partially unfinished road. The whitewashed single story house can be seen in this drone video by pilot dronostia.

Lynde Point Lighthouse, Connecticut

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Old Saybrook - Lynde Point - DJI Mavic Air 4K


Lynde Point, Connecticut sits near the mouth of the  Connecticut River, one of the most important waterways in New Engand.  To protect shipping along the river as well as along the north shore of Long Island Sound, one of the USA's first lighthouses was constructed here in 1803.  The current lighthouse structure here opened in 1839.  Automated since 1978, Lynde Point Lighthouse is listed on the US National Register of Historic Places.  In this drone video by GolfTango, you can see this beautiful landmark from above.  

Tour of Lake Michigan's Lighthouses

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Lake Michigan Lights | 4k | DJI Mavic Pro

Bill Drones

Famously dangerous to shipping, Lake Michigan is home to some of the most well-known lighthouses in the USA.  In this drone video by Bill Drones, you'll be treated to aerial views of the following lighthouses: Kenosha North Pier Light, Kenosha, WI; Canal North Pierhead Light, Sturgeon Bay, WI; Bailey's Harbor Light and Cana Island Lighthouse, Bailey's Harbor, WI;  Chicago Harbor Lighthouse; Michigan City East Light, Michigan City, IN; Little Sable Point Light, Golden Township, MI; and Big Sable Point Light, Luddington, MI.