Youghal Lighthouse

Perched on a scenic cliff-edge in picturesque East Cork, Youghal Lighthouse was built in the 18th century.

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Although the site is not yet open to the public, while walking near the lighthouse visitors can admire its beauty and enjoy plenty of harbour panoramas too.

The site has a unique history that begins in 1190 when a ‘light tower’ stood on the site of the present tower. The tower as we know it today was built in 1848. The building itself is a listed building and unique in that it is almost in the centre of a town.

It is located in the middle of one of the most popular walkways in Youghal which connects the town to the idyllic beaches of Claycastle, Front Strand and Redbarn. This appealing walkway also incorporates the hugely popular Youghal Eco Boardwalk, Ireland’s longest boardwalk.

A quick history

  • The tower of Youghal Lighthouse as we know it today was built in 1848.
  • The building itself is a listed building and unique in that it is almost in the centre of a town, highly unusual for a lighthouse.

Did you know?

  • Youghal Lighthouse sits adjacent to the hugely popular Youghal Eco Boardwalk, Ireland’s longest boardwalk.
  • The lighthouse is also ideally placed for a walk to pretty Claycastle, Front Strand and Redbarn Beaches.
  • 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.

More Information

Location

Youghal, Co Cork

Contact

Ballycotton

Cork

Hook

Wexford

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Antrim