Happy travel Tuesday! So, where am I taking you today? Everybody loves a good lighthouse, so we are going to explore the fantastic Fanad Lighthouse in County Donegal, Ireland. This red and white beauty is perched atop lush green grass and overlooks the breathtakingly rugged Irish coastline. The lighthouse is located on the Fanad Head Peninsula (on the Wild Atlantic Way),which also makes for a nice scenic drive after you are done visiting the lighthouse. Did you know Fanad Lighthouse has a self catering accommodation? For more details on spending a night in a lighthouse click here.
Fanad is such a wonderful place to visit because you can run around the place wildly free. My kids enjoyed traipsing around the grassy grounds, but do be careful of sheep poo, as it is plentiful. There is an old military barracks that is fun to inspect and another stony cottage to climb in and look out over the water.
Adults can go a bit further and walk on the rocky terrain just make sure you have proper footwear.
The parking is free and there are portable toilets onsite, however, there isn’t much in the way of food, so be sure to eat before you go and bring plenty of snacks and waters. The admittance price to tour the lighthouse and tower is very reasonable at 8 euros for an adult and 20 euros for a family of four. You can also opt, as we did, to simply explore the grounds free of charge. I do regret not touring the actual inside of the lighthouse, but children must be 1.2 meters tall to enter and neither of our little ones met that height, so we did not stick around to do two separate tours.
The Fanad Lighthouse is simply gorgeous whether you have a rare, sunny Irish day or you get a brooding, stormy sky day. I personally wish I could return on a stormy day to capture the choppy, whitecapped waves beating the rocky coastline, but that’s just the photographer in me.
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