The Old Head Lighthouse is a 17th century Irish lighthouse based on the Old Head peninsula in Kinsale. Magnificent, this lighthouse overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and offers a sumptuous panorama of the surrounding cliffs!
The Old Head lighthouse is easy to recognize: it is the only point that is easily distinguishable and stands out from the rest of the peninsula. With its black and white rings, it was automated in the late 1990s, and is still in operation today.
The lighthouse also has a few outbuildings below, which were once the home of the lighthouse keepers. Nowadays, these are no longer in use, but can be visited by the general public (only during the summer period). A guide will then present the history of the lighthouse and its sponsor, Robert Reading, who had it built in the 17th century.
Among the anecdotes of the Old Head Lighthouse, the most notable is the fact that it was the closest point to the liner RMS Lusitania, while it was wrecked in 1915.