An authentic lighthouse experience awaits at Blacksod Lighthouse. This unique castellated style lighthouse was hand crafted from the Blacksod granite on which it sits in the heart of Mayo’s active Gaeltacht (Irish speaking region).
This 150-year-old lighthouse sits at the end of Blacksod’s working pier, where the catch of the day will always include wild Atlantic lobster. The area boasts jaw dropping scenery and offers sanctuary for Irish whales & dolphins under supervision of the Irish Whale & Dolphin Group.
The lighthouse has been crucial to the survival of the area through its sea safety design and alternative uses as Blacksod’s resident post office and weather station. Learn more with a guided tour of Blacksod Bay’s majestic guardian.
A quick history
The lighthouse was built from the red granite beneath it giving it a unique colour & style
Blacksod Lighthouse was built to complement its neighbouring Black Rock Lighthouse
The lighthouse shines red to the North-East warning of danger over Doobeg Point to ensure vessels pass safely into Blacksod Bay from the north
Blacksod operates as the helicopter base for Eagle Island and Black Rock Lighthouse
Did you know?
In 1969 a man named Tom McClean rowed from Newfoundland to Blacksod Bay. He used the telephone in Blacksod Lighthouse to phone his sponsors, Gilette Razor Company. As part of his sponsorship deal he was to appear cleanly shaven when meeting the press at Blacksod Pier.
Blacksod Lighthouse is an active helicopter refuelling station as well as being a world class visitor attraction. The Irish coastguard and Irish Lights helicopters refuel here regularly.
Blacksod Lighthouse was responsible for the delaying of D-day due to a weather forecast from the lighthouse. In fact, the Erris Peninsula had a few war related instances despite Irelands neutrality.
Blacksod Lighthouse is one of four lighthouses on the Erris Peninsula. As the Peninsula is only 25km in length, this is a lot of lighthouses in one place. The rocky shoreline of North West Mayo makes these essential.