Book Your Great Lighthouses of Ireland Holiday

Kick off 2024 with something to look forward to! A stay at a lighthouse is a fantastic and truly original experience. See what’s on offer and book your Great Lighthouses of Ireland holiday today.

Imagine being far from anywhere, but close to everything that’s good for your heart and great for your soul. Fresh air. Incredible views. Surrounded by nature. And with the sea stretching out before you, vast, powerful and beguiling – it’s little wonder people come to lighthouses to propose! Or to celebrate everything special in life: birthdays, anniversaries, family, friendship.

Read on to find out just why they’re such inviting places!

Credit: Clare Island Lighthouse

Wild Atlantic Wonders

Just one of the ‘great’ things about many of the Great Lighthouses of Ireland is that you can stay in them. Beautiful Blackhead and St. John’s Point in Northern Ireland both showcase comfortable and characterful self-catering accommodation in quaint, restored lightkeepers’ houses.

Fanad Lighthouse, Donegal

As does Donegal’s own St. John’s Point and Fanad HeadClare Island in Mayo, Loop Head in Clare and Galley Head in Cork, all of which are nestled along the stunning Wild Atlantic Way.

St John's Point, Donegal

A Lighthouse in the Garden of Ireland

Wicklow Head Lighthouse on the east coast may be a little less wild but it’s certainly a memorably athletic experience. Here, along Ireland’s Ancient East, you stay in the lighthouse tower itself.

With 109 steps from the entrance hall up to the kitchen, it’s pretty breathtaking alright!

Wicklow Head

R&R in a B&B

Prefer to truly put your feet up on holiday? Mayo’s Clare Island Lighthouse (mentioned above, along the Wild Atlantic Way) is the place for you.

Now a luxury, boutique B&B, it’s the only lighthouse where a delicious dinner, made with the very best of local produce, is served.

Credit: Clare Island Lighthouse

Unforgettable Experiences

With all that fresh air and local food, surely you can look forward to a good night’s sleep at a lighthouse? Certainly, the beds are very comfy and the coastal calm is a treat. But be careful of your choice of bedtime reading. Particularly if you are of a sensitive or suggestible disposition.

The visitor books at each lighthouse are a fascinating trove of guests’ stories and drawings about their stays. But some guests, perhaps with more vivid imaginations, have obviously been moved by the history and ‘spirit’ of the place.

Galley Head

One guest at a lighthouse used a page at the back of the visitor book to record the unusual sights and sounds encountered: the constant tapping at the window (despite its elevated position) and the mysterious appearance of wet footprints on the bathroom floor the next morning…

Bath time at Fanad

At another lighthouse, a number of guests often record an odd but not unfriendly feeling in the house and constant creaks and noises throughout the night. Now, these are old buildings in highly evocative places. And we all know that there are no such thing as ghosts…

St John's Point, Co. Down | Rupert Shanks

Grab a Getaway

If you’d like to experience life in a lighthouse for yourself, the lighthouses below around the coast of Ireland and Northern Ireland all offer gorgeous accommodation, true to their storied maritime past:

Blackhead, Antrim

Clare Island, Mayo

Fanad Head, Donegal

Galley Head, Cork

Loop Head, Clare

St. John’s Point, Down

St. Johns’ Point, Donegal

Wicklow Head, Wicklow


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