Tarbat Ness is three miles outside the village of Portmahomack on the Tarbat Peninsula. This is the most Eastern point of the north of Scotland and is famous for its beauty and tranquillity. At its tip stands Tarbat Ness lighthouse - the third tallest in Scotland behind North Ronaldsay and Skerryvore and notable for having two distinguishing broad red bands. Tarbat Ness Lighthouse was engineered by Robert Stevenson for the Northern Lighthouse Board after a storm in the Moray Firth in November 1826 saw the loss of 16 vessels. Earthquake shocks were sometimes reported and Tarbat Ness once shook so much that the shades and lamp glasses rattled.