Here and in the immediate hinterland are visible traces of human occupation dating back at least 3,000 years. To the south of the Lighthouse is Kirk Hill, which is identified as the site of the 7th century AD monastery where Abbess Aebbe governed a house of monks and nuns within the earthworks of an earlier fort. West of the lighthouse the small headland of Rampart Hall has been defended by a rock-cut ditch and a stone wall, with accommodation provided by a medieval hall, the walls of which survive as grass-grown banks. Later use of the headland can be seen in the form of cultivation remains, a 19th century golf course and an impressive lighthouse complex. Access to the site is via the Visitors Centre.