Wicklow Head Lighthouse
Wicklow Head Lighthouse has overlooked Wicklow’s exceptionally scenic coastline since 1781.
Its octagonal stone tower has been transformed by Irish Landmark Trust and now houses truly unique and delightful self-catering accommodation. With stunning views of the Irish Sea on three sides – and 109 steps up to the kitchen – a stay in this lighthouse will quite literally take your breath away!
Relax in the sun at a window seat (the walls are over a metre deep). Walk down the road and take the stunning cliff path to see the lively seals. Enjoy exploring all that County Wicklow has to offer from this wonderful base.
Whether you’re feeling adventurous or maybe a little romantic, Wicklow Head Lighthouse is the perfect place to stay.
A quick history
- Wicklow Head Lighthouse was the one of two lighthouses built on the headland in 1781. The lighthouse originally had an eight-sided lantern (for the light) on top of it.
- On 10th October 1836 lightning struck the historic tower. Its whole interior was destroyed. However, it was decided to keep the tower as it was a good landmark in the daytime.
- The lighthouse in operation on the headland today was first lit in 1818. It was converted to automatic operation in 1994.
Did you know?
- The lighthouse’s original light source was 20 tallow (animal fat) candles set against a large mirror reflector.
- The twin lighthouses were originally built to prevent mariners from confusing Wicklow Head with the single lights of Howth Head (north of Dublin) and Hook Head (in Wexford).
- The name Wicklow comes from the Viking word Wykylo or Viking’s Loch.
- It is one of 65 lighthouses operated by the Commissioners of Irish Lights around the coast of Ireland and continues to provide a vital role in maritime safety today.