Irish Lighthouses to Explore

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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.

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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. Donegal Fanad Lighthouse Rocks 2016.jpg

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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Cheers,

H.

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Dublin Lighthouses: Poolbeg Lighthouse

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Poolbeg Lighthouse located at The Great South Wall, Poolbeg, Dublin is just a few minutes drive from either Sandymount Strand or Ringsend. If you are a tourist staying in either of these areas and enjoy photographing lighthouses, then take a few hours and enjoy this gorgeous walk. Locals, if you haven’t been…Poolbeg Lighthouse is not only beautiful, but the 1.6km walk out is an enjoyable stroll. Expect to see runners, families with children, couples, and plenty of four legged creatures traipsing up and down the stone cobbled walkway. Take in all the sites from seagulls to cruise ships to the remains of an 1840’s swimming/bathing club (pictured bottom right).

I spotted this lovely, aqua tower below and as luck would have it seagulls started swooping in to sneak in just as I snapped this shot.

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The grounds are not rugged and you can also enjoy some beach walking if the tide is low. Make sure to pack a warm, windproof, water resistant jacket, runners, & a hat as the weather can turn at the drop of a hat and it tends to be quite windy,even when the sun is shinging. Pack a lunch or some snacks & something to drink, as there are no eateries anywhere nearby. There is a coffee stand near the lighthouse, but I am not sure of the hours (the stand wasn’t there on a this past Sunday afternoon.  I did not notice any public toilets in the vicinity, so prepare according.

Some close up details are a must…the view through this rusted out cogwheel was pretty neat.

These photos were taken using my new, mirrorless camera, Sony A6000. Wow, couldn’t be more impressed with the outcome. I’m not missing my Canon 7D one bit!

The landscape on the walk back was equally as impressive with the Poolbeg Towers and the Dublin port.

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Happy Monday,

Heather