A great lighthouse of Ireland

Built in the 1840s, Ballycotton Lighthouse sits atop the unspoilt Ballycotton Island across the bay from the foodie haven of East Cork. A black lighthouse (one of only two in Ireland) it is only accessible by boat. This makes a trip to Ballycotton Lighthouse something very special.

Look forward to an exhilarating journey from the harbour to the island. Walk the original light-keepers path to the island’s summit. You may meet some of the resident goats. See the unspoilt flora and fauna. And, of course, explore the lighthouse and enjoy stunning views from the bright red lantern balcony.

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  • Exhilarating journey from the harbour to the island with Ballycotton Sea Adventures
  • Enjoy stunning views from the island summit and lighthouse
  • The nearby beach at Ballynamona is on a wildlife sanctuary, with herons, oystercatchers and sandhoppers regularly seen
  • Seals and dolphins are regular visitors to the harbour and whales can be seen from the cliffs in December and January



Opening Times
Open all year, subject to weather conditions

See website for further details




Boat & Tour Prices:

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Useful Information

Boat & Tour: Ballycotton Sea Adventures. Tel: +353 (0)87 396 3998

Getting There

Located 45 minutes east of Cork city.

Map Location: 51.826106, -7.985020
Contact Ballycotton Lighthouse

Ballycotton Lighthouse, Ballycotton Island, Co. Cork, Ireland

Eircode:  P25 FY94
T: +353 (0)87 396 3998
W: www.greatlighthouses.com
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