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The Top 10 Prettiest Lighthouses Around Ireland

By Éadaoin Fitzmaurice

July 5, 2019 at 8:32am


The Irish coastline is one of the most beautiful in the world.

Every single day while I pick out the best photos for our Instagram @lovindotie, I find myself drawn to pictures of splashing waves, rocky cliffs and most of all, quaint lighthouses.

I've decided to make the ultimate bucket list for travel bugs and photographers alike to tick off this new year - think of it as the Lighthouse Challenge!

1. Hook Lighthouse

Hook Lighthouse is one of the oldest in Ireland.

It's stunningly beautiful and such a spot for a windy stroll.

2. Fanad Lighthouse

Fanad Lighthouse is one of the cutest places I've ever visited. You can do tours around the lighthouse, learn about the history of the area and look out from the top out to the ocean.

Best of all, you can actually stay there and the accommodation is so fab.

It's an amazing spot for a group of friends looking to do something out of the ordinary.

3. Baily Lighthouse

In 1665 Charles II granted Sir Robert Reading permission to build six lighthouses around the coast of Ireland, Baily Lighthouse in Howth being one of them.

This cottage-type lighthouse, which is unique to Ireland, was established around 1667.


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???? Маяк Бейли (Baily Lighthouse) — маяк на юго-востоке полуострова Хоут Хэд примерно в часе езды от Дублина. ⠀ Первый маяк в этой местности был построен в 1667 году, но современный вид он получил в 19 веке, когда его решили переместить, поскольку старая башня была расположена слишком высоко и свет от сигнального огня часто поглощался туманом. ⠀ В 1996 году Бэйли полностью автоматизировали, причем последним в Ирландии. В 2000 году на маяке открылся музей, но, к сожалению, просто так туда не попасть, он открыт только по предварительной записи для бывших служителей маяков, их семей и для специальных экскурсий. Но вы можете полюбоваться ним со стороны, если отправитесь на пешую прогулку по скалам вдоль моря в Хоут. ⠀ #almost_irish #ireland #путешествияпомиру #дублин #хоут #маяк #ирландия #переездвирландию #жизньвирландии #жизньвевропе

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4. Wicklow Head Lighthouse

Try get down here at night, it's such a treat.

5. Poolbeg Lighthouse

The iconic Poolbeg lighthouse can be reached by the Great South Wall walk. It's the ideal spot for your first Sunday morning adventure in 2019.

6. Valentia Island

Valentia Island is one of Ireland's most westerly points.

To see this lighthouse in all its glory, take a boat ride around the island, you won't regret it.

7. Ballycotton Lighthouse

This lighthouse is one of the most unique in Ireland because it's completely black.

This lighthouse can only be accessed by boat. On arrival, you can walk the original lightkeeper's path to the island’s summit, meet some of the resident goats and see the unspoilt flora and fauna.


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8. Clare Island

Clare Island is a mountainous island near Clew Bay in County Mayo. It is famous as the home of the pirate queen Gráinne O'Malley.


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My favourite taken by Jeff Mc Carthy one of our guests

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9. Old Head

This 17th century lighthouse can be found at the Old Head Of Kinsale, which is now one of Ireland's most incredible golf courses.

10. Loop Head

You can take a guided tour around this lighthouse tower and onto its balcony.

From the top, you’ll have a fantastic view south as far as the Blasket Islands and north to the Twelve Pins in Connemara, along the Wild Atlantic Way.


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????Loop Head, County Clare While the northern half of County Clare sees its fair share of visitors flock to the Cliffs of Moher and the incredible sights of the Burren National Park, there's something rather special about the southern tip of the county that really deserves to be explored . The Loop Head peninsula juts out from the charming seaside town of Kilkee and, from there, the ocean views really begin to match those that can be found further north along the coast at the Cliffs of Moher. At the tip of the peninsula, you'll find Loop Head Lighthouse - a fully active lighthouse with excellent tours available - and you'll also find some intriguing sites that you might not expect. On the entirely natural side of things is the fascinating sea stack, carved off from the mainland, known as Diarmuid and Gráinne’s Rock. Diarmuid and Gráinne are the most famous lovers of Irish mythology and, as such, the gap between the mainland and the sea stack is known as 'Lover's Leap' . Beside this, you'll also find a rather less natural landmark. The whitewashed 'EIRE' that can be seen from above is one of 83 such signs that were placed along the Irish coast during WW2 to let wartime pilots know that they were flying over neutral Ireland and they were not supposed to land here. Having been excavated by a team of volunteers in 2011, the EIRE sign at Loop Head is one of the most visible of these markings remaining today . . #ireland #coast #wildatlanticway #clare #lighthouse #history #sea #ireland_gram #travel #visitireland #instaireland #discoverireland #travelbug #wanderireland #tourireland #igtravel #tourismireland #bucketlist #yourwayireland #wanderlust #loveireland #instatravel #vacation #travelgram #irelandtravel #irishcentral #roadtrip

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