An illustrated guide of Britain's top 100 lighthouses has launched - and it includes 14 from Cornwall.

The publication named Legendary Lighthouses of Britain is by award-winning artist Roger O'Reilly.

It pushes the boat out to present an encapsulated history of each lighthouse in textual lore, accompanied by detailed illustrations.

Mr O'Reilly's vivid illustrations, which range widely from The Lizard in Cornwall to Muckle Flugga in the Shetlands, pay homage to Britain's iconic lighthouses and their legendary tales.

The book is likely to appeal to walkers, art enthusiasts, maritime and countryside admirers alike, as well as advocates of rich British tales related to lighthouses.

An intriguing feature is the Souter on the Sunderland coast, which Mr O'Reilly reveals, is the residence of ghostly tales attributed to Grace Darling’s niece Isabella, who stayed here in the late 1880s.

Falmouth Packet: Legendary Lighthouses of Britain by Roger O'Reilly

Among the many other national structures that grace the pages, the 14 lighthouses from Cornwall shine amongst them.

These include St Agnes, Pendeen Watch, Godrevy Lighthouse, Trevose Head, Smeaton Pier, St Anthony Head, Newlyn, Tater Du, Wolf Rock, Longships, Bishop Rock, Peninnis and Round Island.

Then there's the Ardnamurchan in far west Scotland, whose history recalls the arrival of doctors with fresh fruits and vegetables for afflicted construction workers.

A surprising revelation is London's Trinity Buoy Wharf.

Now home to the Longplayer, a millennium-long piece of music that debuted on December 31, 1999, and will continue to orchestrate the site until December 31, 2999.

A few further afield are the lighthouses across the country, from Lundy South's 17th-century under siege by Barbary pirates to the 18th-century smuggling base of Thomas Benson, MP for Barnstaple of the time.

Legendary Lighthouses of Britain was released on April 9 and is available for £25.