Offering visitors the opportunity to visit, enjoy and stay at the edge of where the land meets the sea

Enjoy truly unique and amazing experiences.

Great Lighthouses of Ireland feature 14 lighthouses around Ireland’s stunning coast. You can have the best stay and take a tour to the top of their towers with their storykeepers and guides at Fanad, Co DonegalLoop Head, Co. Clare and Blackhead, Co. Antrim.

You can step back in time and hear tales at their oldest medieval lighthouse at Hook, Co. Wexford. Take the boat tour to Ballycotton Island and lighthouse, Co. Cork or take the Fastnet Boat Tour from Baltimore or Schull, Co. Cork to see one of Ireland’s most iconic lighthouses.

See nature at its best at Rathlin West Lighthouse, Co. Antrim.

You can also stay and have a wonderful escape at St. Johns Point, Co. Donegal; Galley Head, Co. Cork or St Johns, Co. Down and share your island experiences around the dinner table at Clare Island Lighthouse, Co. Mayo 
Walk the maritime mile and take a photo at The Great Light in Belfast’s amazing Titanic Quarter.

Meet their Hosts and Guides who are passionate about these unique lighthouses. Hear their maritime stories and let them advise you on the best adventures each location offers.

At Great Lighthouses of Ireland you can experience their maritime and seafaring stories, or just take time out and stay “where land meets sea”.

Lighthouse Locations

  • Blackhead, Co. Antrim (accommodation)
  • Rathlin West Light, Co. Antrim (visit March to September)
  • Loop Head, Co. Clare (accommodation or visit Easter to September)
  • Ballycotton, Co. Cork (visit year-round)
  • Fastnet Lighthouse, Co. Cork (Fastnet Rock Tour / no visit to the lighthouse)
  • Galley Head, Co. Cork (accommodation)
  • Fanad Head, Co. Donegal (accommodation or visit year-round)
  • St. John’s Point, Co. Donegal (accommodation)
  • St. John’s Point, Co. Down (accommodation)
  • Great Light, Co. Antrim (visit year-round)
  • Valentia Island, Co. Kerry (visit Easter to September)
  • Clare Island, Co. Mayo (accommodation)
  • Hook, Co. Wexford (visit year-round).
  • Wicklow Head, Co. Wicklow (accommodation)
  • Breath-taking coastal views at locations around the country
  • Visitors get the chance to appreciate the marine wildlife in their habitats while seeing how the seas have shaped the coast line
  • Discover the technology at work in lighthouses today and in days gone by
  • Meet the lighthouse keepers and people who are passionate about these unique places
  • Visit or stay for a memorable and unique experience
  • All members are passionate about what they do and eager to encourage interest and curiosity about their lighthouses
Open dates and times vary

Open Dates and Times:

The Great Lighthouses of Ireland offer different experiences. In some cases they offer the opportunity to stay in these unique locations; in other cases they offer the opportunity to visit and explore the lighthouses. In the listing above, we indicate whether the opportunity is to stay or to visit, or both. In the case of those that operate as a day visitor attraction, we indicate whether they are open year round, or are seasonal.



Most visitor centres are now open. For your safety and to ensure staff can look after you, visitor capacity has been reduced, with fewer guided tours and smaller numbers on each – but you can still visit and spend time at many of the sites, enjoy a cup of coffee and breathe in the sea air!

Please check in advance, plan your visit and you’ll be sure to receive a warm welcome and a memorable day out.



Admission and accommodation prices:

Accommodation rates and admission prices vary. It’s always best to check the rates at the lighthouse of interest

Tours at visitor lighthouses range from €5 to €20 per person, including boat tours. Family, senior and group discounts are available.

Useful Information

Check out their range of facilities, services, accessibility, and other useful information.

DINING / REFRESHMENTS: It varies from lighthouse to lighthouse (that are open for day visits). Some facilities at Hook, Valentia and Rathlin.

SHOPPING: Gift shops at Hook, Fanad and Rathlin.

ACCESSIBILITY: Because of the nature of Lighthouses and their location, there are mobility restrictions at many of them.

GROUPS: Group rates are available at lighthouses open to day visitors.

ACCOLADES & AWARDS: Finalist – Best Leisure Tourism Innovation, Irish Tourism Awards 2017

  • Silver Award – Best Innovation in Responsible Tourism, Irish Responsible Tourism Awards 2016
  • Short list Marine Tourism Award, Marine Industry Awards 2016
  • Silver Award Brand Identity, Design Awards, IDI 2015
Getting There

All the lighthouses are in remote locations, which is part of their uniqueness.

Fanad, Clare Island, Loop Head, St Johns Point (Co. Donegal) & Valentia Island Lighthouses can be found along the Wild Atlantic Way.

Ballycotton Island, Wicklow Head & Hook Lighthouse are located on Irelands Ancient East with Galley Head further along the Cork coast.

Up North you can visit Blackhead, Rathlin West Light and St Johns Point (Co Down) Lighthouses.

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Contact Great Lighthouses of Ireland

Various locations throughout the Island of Ireland

T: +353 (0)27 15461
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Always Check Opening Dates and Times

It is always advisable to check the opening dates and times of any attraction or business you intend to visit. Check their website or give them a call.