Fastnet Rock (Carraig Aonair in Irish), is a tiny rocky island in the south of Ireland. Topped by a magnificent lighthouse, the island seems lost in the middle of nowhere and offers an incredible landscape. It seems hard to believe that a lighthouse could have been built there!
The Fastnet Rock rises only 30 metres above sea level. It consists mainly of rock, slate, quartz and clay (that’s why you won’t find much vegetation there). Its surroundings are mostly steep reefs, which makes it difficult to approach (the island has seen many boats run aground around its perimeter in the past).
The island has only one man-made building: the lighthouse, which is also a strategic point in the “Fastnet Race”, a sailing race that is very popular with ocean racing enthusiasts. Impossible to miss with its dazzling whiteness, it is the highest point on the island!
Generally speaking, the Fastnet Rock can only be visited by boat: docking there is dangerous, and the view from the sea is much nicer than from the island.