For those seeking something special for their overnight’s rest, falling asleep under a tower of light on Ireland’s spectacular coastline should provide plenty of added dazzle.
Stunning views, sea air, nature all around and heaving surf stretching out as far as the eye can see, a stay in Irish lighthouse is an extra special pleasure.
In Northern Ireland, the overnight options include picturesque Blackhead Lighthouse. It’s located in County Antrim at the start of the famous Causeway Coastal Route, named with Belfast as Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel for 2018. Three restored light-keepers’ houses at Blackhead offer elevated sea views of Belfast Lough, lots of antique furniture and plenty to explore nearby.
You can also live the life of a light-keeper at St Johns Point in County Down. In this remote and beautiful spot, you can enjoy comfortable self-catering accommodation in either of two light-keepers’ cottages. St John’s Point is the perfect place for time out to refresh and revive. It’s also a great base for walking and discovering nearby Strangford Lough or following the story of St Patrick.
Lighthouses have always been significant to Ireland's dramatic coastline, and nowhere more so than on the Wild Atlantic Way, where more coastal experiences of a lifetime await.
Clare Island Lighthouse in County Mayo, for example, is the only lighthouse in Ireland that provides B&B accommodation and a six-course dinner. The lighthouse and its buildings have been transformed into a luxury guesthouse, the perfect place to relax, unwind and discover the wealth of activity in the area: walking, cycling, fishing, music, crafts and more.
Other Wild Atlantic Way stayover gems are Galley Head in County Cork, perched on dramatic cliffs, and Loop Head in County Clare, which is great for spotting whales, dolphins and seals as you enjoy life on the edge in one of the light-keeper’s cottages, full of maritime character.
Historic Wicklow Head Lighthouse in Ireland’s Ancient East was once the most powerful lighthouse light in the world. Its octagonal stone tower now houses delightful self-catering accommodation with stunning views of the Irish Sea on three sides.
Whether you’re feeling adventurous or maybe a little romantic, it’s an additional picture-perfect backdrop for a dream stayover in Ireland. Coastal breaks simply don’t get any better.