Completed in 1846, the Lighthouse was manned until 1984 when automation meant that the keepers were no longer required and the switching on and off of the lamp could be done remotely from the Northern Lighthouse Board headquarters in Edinburgh. With the advent of new technology, the addition of a North Cardinal Buoy next to the Halliman Skerries allowed the lamp to be switched off in 2012.
Access to the lighthouse was always at the discretion of the lighthouse keepers and as such there was never total public access to the tower. With the support of the local community there was a desire to get this wonderful building into public hands. The Lossiemouth Business Association helped form the home page Community Company Ltd, which was established to buy the property, always with the intention of getting it open to the public for the first time. With the support of government funding the lighthouse was bought in 2013. Since then there has been a lot of work done to allow progress towards public opening. Safety requirements are much stricter for public access and so there has been much time and money spent getting the building up to the necessary standards. Limited visiting parties will be given a guided tour of the tower, and there is a desire to build on this experience with the induction of more support staff there is a hope to expand access to all.