New Irish Landmark Trust properties are expecting their first guests this weekend! It is terrific to be able to let you know that we now have three new properties open! They are all lightkeepers’ houses and part of the Great Lighthouses of Ireland initiative.
We now have three lightkeepers’ houses in Blackhead. The newest one is called Blackhead Cutter and sleeps four people. These Antrim properties are a great base from where to explore all that Antrim has to offer including the rather fabulous Gobbins Cliff Path. There’s a lovely coastal path that takes you up past sea caves and coves to the Gobbins or south to the Victorian seaside resort of Whitehead. The Blackhead Lighthouse and Coastal Walk is approximately 2.4 kilometres (from Whitehead to the lighthouse and back).
Belfast Lough is an Area of Special Scientific Interest famed for its bird population. This lighthouse marks the North East approaches to Belfast Lough. It’s also a significant passing light for North/South offshore traffic.
Here’s a video on the history of the Gobbins that you might enjoy.
The latest lighthouse keeper’s house in Blackhead brings the total number of Irish Landmark Trust properties in County Antrim up to eight! Blackhead Lighthouse was built and its light first exhibited in 1902. The lighthouse also had an explosive fog signal when it first began operation. Blackhead Lighthouse would have guided many famous vessels during Belfast’s golden age of shipping, including the ill-fated Titanic. Blackhead Lighthouse was converted to electric operation in 1965. Lightkeepers lived at the station until 1975.
It is one of 70 lighthouses operated by the Commissioners of Irish Lights around the coast of Ireland and continues to provide a vital role in maritime safety today.
The two lightkeepers’ houses in St. John’s Point are our first lighthouse related properties in County Down (although we do already care for two properties within the county, Tullymurry House and Helen’s Tower ). You can’t miss St John’s Point Lighthouse in gorgeous County Down. Its strikingly tall tower is marked with vibrant bands of yellow and black. (The colours which distinguish it from other lighthouses are known as its daymark).
You can now live the life of a lightkeeper in this remote and beautiful spot. Enjoy very comfortable and characterful self-catering accommodation in either of the two lightkeepers’ cottages restored by Irish Lights and now cared for by Irish Landmark Trust. St John’s Point is the perfect place for a quick visit or time out to refresh and revive. It’s also a great base for walking, discovering the likes of Strangford Lough – an area of outstanding natural beauty – the Titanic Museum in Belfast or the early Christian church in nearby Killough.