Top 5 Lighthouses to Stay at in Ireland



Posted: 05/09/2018 14:34:02

In our recent blogs we went on an exciting trip to some of the best and
most unusual places to stay in Ireland. We had a light bulb moment and
started thinking about lighthouses with their stunning views, isolation,
raw power and beauty we couldn’t resist rounding up the top 5 lighthouses
(yes there are more than 5!) in Ireland that you can stay in!

1. Fanad Lighthouse, Co Donegal

Standing between idyllic Lough Swilly and sandy Mulroy Bay, Fanad Head Lighthouse has been voted one of the most beautiful lighthouses in the world by the popular website Mental Floss. Its location within the Donegal Gaeltacht, on the east shore of the Fanad Peninsula, is truly breath-taking. One of the stops along the Wild Atlantic Way, the waters surrounding the lighthouse are regularly visited by whales, porpoises and dolphins. Fanad Head was first lit on 17th March 1817.

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2. Loop Head Lightkeeper’s House, Kilbaha, Co Clare

Loop Head Lighthouse is built on a cliff top with 300 degree views of the sea down to Kerry Head and Dingle and across to the Cliffs of Moher which attracts 1,000’s of visitors from all over the world each year. There has been a lighthouse at this location since approximately 1670. The original lighthouse comprised of a cottage in which the keeper and his family lived, with a large brazier (a container for fire) on the roof.

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3. Wicklow Head, Wicklow

Wicklow Head lighthouse allows guests to stay in the lighthouse tower which features six octagonal rooms with arched offering stunning 360 views out to the Irish Sea and the surrounding countryside. There are plenty of things to do and see around Wicklow Head including Sliver Strand Beach, Wicklow way walking routes and the stunning Powerscourt garden and waterfall. So explore the beautiful countryside during the day and relax and unwind in the evening in the stunning Wicklow Head Lighthouse.

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4. Clare Island, Mayo

Clare Island Lighthouse is the only island lighthouse the public can stay in. Grace O’Malley the ‘pirate queen’ was a famous occupant of the island. Each of the 6 rooms are furnished with period fixtures & fittings. original artwork and comfortable, old-style cast-iron beds. Not only will you get to relax and take in the beauty of the area you don’t even need to cook while you’re here! The price of your stay includes, breakfast of choice, a six course set evening meal and welcome refreshments!

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5. Blackhead Lighthouse, Co Antrim

Blackhead Lighthouse has guided many famous vessels during Belfast’s golden age of shipping, including the ill-fated Titanic. There are 3 restored lightkeepers’ houses right beside the lighthouse. The three lighthouse keepers’ houses can sleep up to 6 people. There is plenty to do and see with popular coastal walks along the coast to the Victorian town of Whitehead. The lighthouse lies 20 miles north of Belfast.

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Fanad Lighthouse, Co. Donegal
Loophead Lightkeepers House

Wicklow Lighthouse
Clare Island Lighthouse
Blackhead Lighthouse

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