Planning application to build a memorial to the lost Flannan Isle Lighthouse Keepers has been submitted to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.

The proposed plans have been made by Breasclete Community Council, which hopes to hear success on funding applications to Creative Scotland and LEADER by the end of this month.

Designed by James Crawford, the memorial monument is set to represent the Flannan Islands and Lighthouse through a bronze wave sweeping over a sandstone lighthouse sitting on top of a Lewisian gneiss boulder.

The proposed memorial will be situated on the shore at Breasclete as, when at home, the Lighthouse Keepers and their families lived in Cnoc Mor.

The disappearance of the Flannan Isle Lighthouse Keepers has remain a mystery for over 115 years.

Following reports from a passing ship that the Flannan Isles light had gone dark, a party set out on Boxing Day 1900 to find out what was wrong.

They arrived to find an untouched meal set out on the table, a toppled chair, two sets of oilskins and a staving canary – but there was no sign of the three Lighthouse Keepers.

Since then there has been speculation and theories over the fate of the men, ranging from murder to ghosts, and even alien abduction.

The most commonly accepted idea however is that the three unlucky Keepers were simply washed away by a freak large wave.

Last autumn, Breasclete Community Council appealed for local help in gathering information, photos, items and stories relating to any of the Lighthouse Keepers and families who lived in Cnoc Mor.

And an exhibition of artefacts, and plans for the memorial, were displayed to the local community and public in October last year.