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Irish lighthouses

Irish lighthouses


If you like seascapes, then you will undoubtedly love the great lighthouses of Ireland! Magnificent, they silently watch over the coasts and the ships sailing nearby, and have a history that sometimes goes back centuries! Majestic, some can be visited, while others are closed to the public… Here is an overview of the most beautiful Irish lighthouses!

Visit the lighthouses of Ireland

Giants facing the sea

They can be found everywhere in Ireland: along the coasts, near villages, ports and places where boats frequently come and go. There are dozens of Irish lighthouses! Some of them are said to have been built several hundred years ago, while others, much more recent, also add a certain cachet to the landscape.

Most of these giants of the sea can be visited, but it all depends on the season. All of them are now automated, and no longer have lighthouse keepers as in the past. You will then discover how the new lenses work, how to sweep the coast efficiently, and the precarious daily life of the old keepers… A must-see for marine history buffs!

Map of Irish lighthouses





Irish lighthouses : the must to see

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Imagine Mizen Head, a lighthouse beside the fury of the ocean... A lighthouse totally...[...]

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars 3.48/5 (27 votes)
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Discover the pretty lighthouse on the cliff of Loop Head. A fully automated lighthouse...[...]

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1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars 3.08/5 (26 votes)
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The Old Head Lighthouse is a 17th century Irish lighthouse based on the Old...[...]

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars 3.00/5 (20 votes)
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The Skellig Lighthouse is an Irish lighthouse located on the island of Michael Skellig,...[...]

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars 3.47/5 (17 votes)
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The Valentia Lighthouse is a lighthouse on the island of Valentia built in 1828....[...]

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1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars 4.19/5 (16 votes)
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The Howth Lighthouse is a lovely lighthouse in Howth village. Always in operation, it...[...]

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1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars 3.44/5 (16 votes)
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Fanad Head is one of these exceptional lighthouses, with a breathtaking view of the...[...]

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1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars 2.92/5 (13 votes)
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Poolbeg Lighthouse is a lighthouse that quietly watches over Dublin Bay. Unmistakable with its...[...]

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1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars 4.23/5 (13 votes)
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Passing through the Aran Islands? Then don't miss the lighthouse on Inisheer Island! Magnificent,...[...]

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1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars 3.77/5 (13 votes)
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If you like headlights, then the Fenit Lighthouse is well worth a visit! Built...[...]

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars 3.75/5 (12 votes)
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Sheep's Head Lighthouse is located in County Cork on the Sheep's Head Peninsula. Perched...[...]

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars 3.58/5 (12 votes)
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If you like lighthouses in the wilderness, then Blackhead Lighthouse is for you! Located...[...]




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