Strumble Head Lighthouse stands on Ynys Meicel (St. Michael's Island), also known as Strumble Head, a rocky island at the northwest corner of Pencaer area, quite near the town of Fishguard, in Pembrokeshire, Wales.
The day started bright and hot, however, as we got to this part of the coast the mist rolled in around the headland, the temperature dropped and the visibility got shorter illustrating why this lighthouse is needed here. When I left the lighthouse just a half a mile inland it was like another part of the country with bright hot summer sunshine.
The lighthouse replaced a light vessel previously moored in the south of Cardigan Bay.
The Lighthouse is reached by an iron bridge and is currently off-limits so you are unable to get to the lighthouse unless it is one of the open days or educational tours that happen infrequently.
A plaque in the lantern-room is inscribed with a verse from Psalm 127:
Except the Lord Build the house
They labour in vain that build it
Except the Lord keep the city
The Watchman waketh but in vain
The circular stone tower is 55 ft high and still contains the original lantern complete with Fresnel lens.
Illumination was updated from paraffin to electricity in 1949. The Lighthouse was fully electrified in 1965 when the optical system was also replaced by more compact equipment.
The Lighthouse was fully automated in 1980 but monitored with regular visits made by an attendant from the Trinity House Operations Control Centre at Harwich.