Great Lighthouses of Ireland

Irish Landmark Trust are thrilled to be part of an exciting new initiative called Great Lighthouses of Ireland. As you’re probably aware, we have been working with Commissioners of Irish Lights for some time and already have several properties in our lighthouse family; Wicklow Head Lighthouse, Galley Head Lightkeeper’s Houses, Loop Head Lightkeeper’s House, Blackhead Lightkeeper’s Houses and we are adding more! This initiative involves working with other organisations around the island of Ireland who are also preserving historic lighthouse related buildings.

GLOI_FULL_COLLaunched today by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Paschal Donohoe TD and the Commissioners of Irish Lights, visitors are being promised a ‘new experience to take your breath away.’ Speaking at the launch, the Minister said:

‘Our island’s maritime heritage is a source of pride to us all. This initiative allows us to celebrate and share this with our visitors and with each other. The Great Lighthouses of Ireland is a unique and exciting collaboration between many people and organisations, each with different and specialist skills, who have come together to create something exceptional.’

This EU funded tourism initiative builds on the popularity of the Wild Atlantic Way and Ireland’s Ancient East visitor experiences.

Featuring twelve lighthouses in stunning coastal locations, Great Lighthouses of Ireland will offer unforgettable experiences and create a deep appreciation of the role of lighthouses, past and present, and in the maritime and seafaring story of the island of Ireland.

‘Through Great Lighthouses of Ireland, Irish Lights has brought together a group of people who are deeply rooted in our coastal communities and hugely committed to our lighthouse heritage,’ said Yvonne Shields, Chief Executive, Commissioners of Irish Lights. ‘We are delighted to be working with them on this landmark project.’

Wicklow_WebHere’s the list of the 12 Great Lighthouses of Ireland:

St John’s Point, Co Donegal
Fanad Head, Co Donegal
Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre, Co Antrim
Black Head, Co Antrim
St John’s Point, Co Down
Wicklow Head, Co Wicklow
Hook, Co Wexford
Ballycotton, Co Cork
Galley Head, Co Cork
Valentia Island, Co Kerry
Loop Head, Co Clare
Clare Island, Co Mayo

Full details are available from the Great Lighthouses of Ireland website. Happy adventuring, guests!