October marks the end of visitor season at Blacksod Lighthouse, meaning it’s your last chance to get in before the year’s out.
The lighthouse sits on the Mullet Peninsula in north County Mayo, surrounded by beaches, scenic walking routes and wildlife. In 2021, it opened to the public for the first time, and there’s plenty to see during your visit.
Still fully functioning today, the lighthouse is filled with history which is brought to life within. One of the four lighthouses of Erris, Blacksod Lighthouse was hugely important in changing the course of the second World War. A weather report from Blacksod Bay led to the 24-hour delay of the D-Day invasion. While this is undoubtedly Blacksod’s most significant story, its history goes much further back to 1865.
Artifacts throughout the building reflect its rich history, offering visitors an insight into life at a time when both communication and life itself were more challenging. Attendants Fergus and Bill will be on hand to answer any questions.
One notable artifact is the lighthouse’s Fresnel lens, which has been in operation for over 150 years. Visitors can also access the balcony, from which they can enjoy a panoramic view of surrounding areas from Ballycroy to Belmullet, Achill Head, Slievemore and the Cliffs of Croaghan.
The experience takes around 25 minutes to complete. Arrive early to enjoy a coffee by the sea from the lighthouse’s coffee pod and watch the colourful fishing boats as they come in from sea.
The lighthouse is open to the public every Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm, with a special opening on Monday 25 October (11am-5pm). Booking in advance is advised but not essential.
Adults: €7 each (travelling alone, tour €10)
Children: €4 each
Family: €20 (two adults and two children)