Whitehead, Co. Antrim
Blackhead Lightkeepers' Houses are ideally situated on the North Shore of Belfast Lough. The panoramic views from this property are stunning and fill visitors with pure delight and admiration.
Restored by Irish Lights.
This magnificent standalone house, in its breathtaking location beside Blackhead Lighthouse, is a proud example of Ireland's maritime heritage. Guests can enjoy spectacular views over Belfast Lough from the Lightkeepers' Houses. A popular coastal path leads along in front of the lighthouse to the Victorian town of Whitehead. Lying 20 miles north of Belfast, Whitehead is only a 40 minute train journey away from city centre shopping and many historical tours.
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.
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.
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.
Nearby: Whitehead Town (4 kms) Restaurant (4 kms) Shop (4kms) Golf Club (3 kms) Beach (4 kms) Browns Bay (10 kms)
GPS: 54.766921 , -5.689261
HEALTH AND SAFETY:
Our buildings were made to the standards of earlier times – and sometimes without the intention that they should be lived in. Consequently, you may encounter features that reflect their particular character but that deserve due care and attention, particularly by the young, elderly, less mobile or visually impaired. Examples of these are steps worn with age, uneven surfaces, low ceilings and beams, unexpected drops or changes in level, and by modern standards low or absent lighting. In all cases we have sought to make a sensible compromise between due regard for safety and the careful retention of the fabric of each building, which makes it an interesting place to stay. We ask you to appreciate and use the building with this understanding. If you have any queries about the property you are interested in and would like more clarification please contact Irish Landmark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arrival and Departure Time?
Unless otherwise agreed with the House Manager the earliest time at which you can check in is 4.oop.m. Guests may NOT take over the property any time later then 9.00pm. Guests are requested to vacate the property by 10.00am at the latest on the day of departure.
Is there a TV?
No, but there is a radio, board games, cards and plenty of books.
Is there WiFi?
No, at our properties you have an opportunity to experience the best of a former way of life: beautiful architecture, fascinating history and a peaceful relaxed ambiance, without modern electronic distractions, where you decide the pace of your holiday.
Can I bring a dog?
No. As Blackhead Lightkeepers’ Houses are adjacent to one another, they are not suitable for dogs as not all guests are comfortable around animals.
Is linen supplied?
Yes – all beds are prepared and ready for your arrival.
Is there an open fire?
Do I need a car to get here?
It would be preferable to have a car otherwise it will be difficult to get to shops, etc.
How do I get the keys?
When you complete your booking, you will receive an email giving you information about arranging access on your arrival date.
Can I arrive early?
Only by special arrangement with the bookings office and agreement of the local House Manager. A charge is made if you are requesting a morning arrival, as this means we cannot take a booking for the night before your arrival date.
What is the latest departure time?
10.00am. The House Manager will discuss arrangements for your departure on the day you arrive.
How far to the nearest town?
About 10 mins drive back to the town of Whitehead.
Is there a caterer who will come in to cook meals?
We do not know of anyone who can go in to cook meals at this property.
Is it suitable for children?
This property is surrounded by a low wall but due to its cliff top location, it would be advisable to supervise young children.
Does it have facilities for disabled people?
Is it suitable for a wheelchair?
Is there central heating?
There is oil central heating throughout the house.
Is the cooker electric or gas?
There is an electric cooker.
How many bathrooms?
Do you supply towels and bed linen?
Yes. The beds will be made up on your arrival and you will be provided with a bath towel and guest towel according to the number of beds in the property.
Can I get to the house by public transport?
Yes. You would get a train or bus to Belfast and then a local train to Whitehead.
A taxi could take you onwards from there to the Lighthouse. However, you would need a car to get to local shops, etc.
Where is the nearest train station?
Can I book for just one night?
What is your minimum booking period?
Irish Landmark Trust have a 2 night stay minimum at all of our properties. Some Special Dates will have restrictions on arrival and departure date which will effect the minimum number of nights.
How many cars can I bring to the house?
Is there parking on site?
Phone: +44 (028) 9335 1273
Address: Carrickfergus Castle, Marine Hwy, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim, BT38 7BG, Northern Ireland
Phone: +44 (028) 2073 1855
Address: Giant's Causeway Visitor's Centre, 60 Causeway Road, Bushmills, Co. Antrim, BT57 8SU, Northern Ireland
Glenariff Forest Park
Phone: +44 (028) 2955 6000
Address: 6 Forest Road, Garvagh, Co. Londonderry, BT51 5EF, Northern Ireland
The Gaswork Museum of Ireland
Phone: +44 (028) 9336 9575
Address: 44 Irish Quarter West, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim, BT38 8AT, Northern Ireland
Phone: +44 (028) 2073-3218
Address: Bushmills, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland