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109 steps to the kitchen — Staying at the Great Lighthouses of Ireland

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Looking to spruce up your travel itinerary? With long summer days ahead, there’s never been a better time to stay in one of Ireland’s Great Lighthouses. Spend your stay taking in the and watching the sun sink over the horizon, or enjoy a weekend full of sea-front activities, knowing that at the end of the day, you can settle into a cozy bed just a few stairs up in your lighthouse of choice – but be warned, for midnight snackers, the kitchen can sometimes be a steeper climb!

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 plenty of fresh air and local food, you can look forward to a good night’s sleep at a lighthouse. Once rested, there are plenty of activities available around all of the different lighthouses, from boat tours to sea safaris and becoming a Coastal Keeper, you won’t be bored!

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

Grab a Getaway

If you’d like to experience life in a lighthouse for yourself, Ireland and Northern Ireland all offer gorgeous accommodation, true to their storied maritime past. You can find a list of different locations on greatlighthouses.com.

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Julia Labedz
Julia Labedz
Julia has several years of experience as a writer and editor, working with independent clients as well as larger organizations. Prior to working for ITTN she was a marketing executive. She has both a BA and MFA in English with Creative Writing, with an extensive professional and creative portfolio. In her free time, Julia works on her novel.

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