Dunkineely, Co. Donegal
Schooner is located on St. John's Point Lighthouse station in Co. Donegal. It’s quite a thrill driving down to St. John’s Point Lighthouse, to see it looming at the end of one of the longest peninsulas in Ireland. Stay at Schooner and enjoy all that St. John's Point, Donegal and surrounds have to offer.
Kilometers from anywhere, a stay at St. John’s Point Lighthouse offers the perfect getaway. Enjoy a stay in one of the two characterful lightkeepers cottages managed by Irish Landmark Trust and experience the delights of wild and wonderful Donegal.
Discover the pretty, almost pink, sands of Coral Beach. Breathe in the fresh sea air. Take in the fantastic views across Donegal Bay and towards Sligo, Mayo and far beyond. For the active or adventurous, dip your toe into what’s said to be some of the clearest diving waters in Europe. They say there’s great fishing here too.
The merchants and traders of Killybegs requested a light on St. John’s Point in 1825. Made of cut granite, the lighthouse’s tower was designed by George Halpin Senior, one of the era’s most lauded civil engineers. The lighthouse came into operation in 1831. The lighthouse was automated in November 1932, and converted to electric operation 30 years later.
St. John’s Point is a harbour light to guide from Donegal Bay and to mark the north side of the bay leading to Killybegs Harbour from the entrance up to Rotten Island. In 1588 violent storms drove the Spanish Armada off course to the west of Ireland. Up to 24 of its ships were wrecked, including three huge ships which were wrecked on nearby Streedagh Strand. The Commissioners of Irish Lights operate 70 lighthouses around the coast of Ireland, all of which continue to provide a vital role in maritime safety today.
GPS: 54.569346 , -8.460361
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 the properties at St, John's Point 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?
Yes - there is an open fire.
Do I need a car to get here?
Yes. This property is is located about 20 minutes drive down the peninsula.
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?
20 mins drive to Dunkineely.
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?
Yes but the property is located near open water and children MUST be supervised at all times.
Does it have facilities for disabled people?
Is it suitable for a wheelchair?
No the doorways are narrow.
Is there central heating?
Is the cooker electric or gas?
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?
No. You definitely will need a car to get to this property.
Can I book for just one night?
What is your minimum booking period?
Our minimum booking period from 1st January 2017 our minimum booking period will be 2 nights. Some Special Dates will have restrictions on number of nights and arrival date.
How many cars can I bring to the house?
1 car allowed
Is there parking on site?
June 22, 2018
Fantastic Late Availability Special Offers now available! Looking for a last minute get away, we have some great late deals! You can also follow the links below for full lists of all properties available on the current Late Availability Offers. Click here for a full list of Republic of Ireland Click here for all Northern Ireland […]
May 4, 2018
After the recent weather bashing, we could all do with spending the next few months seizing all the sun light available to us. Great Lighthouses of Ireland are setting this tone very nicely with their upcoming May bank holiday festival entitled ‘Shine a Light on Summer’, which is taking place from Saturday 5th to Monday […]