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Inch strand Dingle
 Inch Strand, Dingle
Cromwell Point
 Cromwell Point
Skellig Michael
Skellig Michael
Calf Rock
Calf Rock ruin boat trip
Inch Strand Dingle
Inch Strand Dingle
 Fastnet lighthouse
Galley Head lantern tour
See lantern at Galley Head up close
Galley Head from your bedroom
Galley Head lighthouse from your bedroom
Dingle lighthouse
Dingle lighthouse, Kerry
Hungry Hill
Hungry Hill, Beara
Ardnakinna lighthouse
Ardnakinna lighthouse
Ballycrovane, Beara
Bull Rock
Bull Rock, go through it
Sheeps Head
Sheep's Head
View from Mizen Bridge
View from Mizen bridge
Mizen Head
Little Samphire
Little Samphire flower
Skellig Michael Monoastic Settlement
Skellig Michael
Union Hall
Idyllic Union Hall
Irish donkeys, so friendly
Ardgroom, Irish village
Copper Point
Copper Point



Wild Atlantic Way Tour of Cork and Kerry coastlines in South West Ireland

Not being run in 2017, maybe  2018

Starts in Limerick, then south to Adare, Tralee, then follows the Wild Atlantic Way round the peninsulas of Dingle. Ring of Kerry (Iveragh) Beara, Sheep's Head, Mizen and finishing in Kinsale

Garnish storm

Tour the Southern Wild Atlantic Way coast over 8 days on bus and boat, meet the locals, see the fishing communities, see lots of rocks and islands, and learn about a sea faring way of life in the South Western counties of Cork and Kerry.

You will see lots of wildlife, thousands of birds, seals, hopefully dolphins, for instance Fungie in Dingle Harbour, spend two nights at Galley Head lighthouse and learn first hand from the Attendant how it works

Tour Itinerary

July 8th we pick you up at the Clarion Hotel in Limerick  between 4 and 5pm, right beside the River Shannon, then take you south to beautifully well kept town of Adare for the night

Day 1: July 19th After a couple of hours in Adare, taking pictures, souvenir shopping, lots of thatched cottages, a castle, ruined abbey, we go on to Killarney for lunch. Then we take the north coast drive of the Dingle Peninsula, via Tralee stopping to take pictures along the way, going over the famous Conor Pass  to arrive in Dingle town for our bed for the night, and evening cruise to see Fungie the dolphin

Day 2: July 10th. We head west along the road to Slea Head to see where the Robert Mitchum movie 'Ryan's Daughter' was made. We see the Blasket Islands and stop for elevenses at the Dunquinn Pottery where pictures on the wall show scenes from the movie. Then we make our way round the tip of the peninsula passing through Ballyferriter and along the south coast of Dingle for lunch in Milltown. After lunch we go to Killarney before heading to Cahirciveen for our bed for the night.

Day 3: July 11th we go to the Skelligs to see the beehive monastic settlement, the puffins and one of the largest gannet colonies. It is also the location for the new Star Wars movies. On our return we visit the Skellig Chocolate Factory in St. Finians Bay before taking you to the spectacular Beara Peninsula via Kenmare

Day 4: July 12th we go out to the Bull Rock by high speed boat, passing through the magical tunnel. We get dropped off on Dursey Island for a bus tour there before returning to the mainland by Ireland's only cable car. Then we go to Allihies for a meal and a tour round the rest of Beara.  Then we spend a second night in Eyeries.

Day 5: July 13th we take you to the Dunmanus Peninsula via Bantry, we go to Sheeps Head along the south side of Bantry Bay  and have lunch at the cafe at the end. Then we come back along the south side of the peninsula and make our way to Galley Head lighthouse for the night.

Day 6: July 14th we take a boat trip to see the Fastnet Rock lighthouse, then afterwards visit the Mizen Head. Please note due to weather conditions the Fastnet boat trip might need to be changed to another day for instance being swapped with the day we go to Sheeps Head.

Day 7: July 15th we follow the Wild Atlantic Way to its end in Kinsale


Mount Brandon

View of Mount Brandon from the Conor Pass

You will also visit Tralee, famous for its annual Rose of Tralee festival, Killarney with its scenic lakes, Adare with its thatched cottages and gorgeous buildings. Kinsale, which is well known for its restaurants. At the end of it all we will take you to Cork city so you can catch your plane, bus or train to your next destination

Harbours you will see: Dingle, Castletownbere (the biggest white fishing port in Ireland) Kinsale, Bantry, Ventry, Knightstown, Port Magee, Kenmare Harbour, Ballycrovane, Union Hall, Glandore and Cork

See Irish lighthouses Little Samphire Island, Cromwell Point, Skellig Michael, Bull Rock, Ardnakinna, Roancarrig, Galley Head, Mizen, Crookhaven, Fastnet, Copper Point, Dingle and Charles Fort

Meet me at Skellig Michael

Birds you are likely to see during the tour: Puffin, Storm Petrel, Blackheaded Gull, Gannet, Kittiwake, Aortic Tern, Black Guillemot, Guillemot, Gulls, Fulmar, Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, and Greater Black-backed Gull

Spend two nights at Galley Head lighthouse, go inside several towers and receive expert knowledge on how the lighthouses work, and have worked since then they were constructed. It is a sad fact that in a few years from now this 1st hand knowledge will not be possible

Wild Atlasntic Way dolphin
Wild raw beauty in Beara. The Piper Rocks Friendly dolphin

We will almost certainly see dolphins, (they are often to be seen at Doolin where we get the Aran Island boat) porpoises and seals, maybe basking sharks


North shore of Dingle near the Conor Pass

8 day chaffeur driven and escorted tour for 8 people with John Eagle

Thatched cottage in Adare Tommy

Thatched cottage in Adare

Tommy Hartnett, our bus driver
Ardgroom Stone Circle Skellig Michael
Ardgroom Stone Circle on the Beara Peninsula Skellig Michael where the beehive monastery is
Fastnet Lighthouse
Get up close and personal with the Fastnet

I was there! terrific trip, packed so much in.....Richard Evans (Association of Lighthouse Keepers)

'John, thank you for all your hard work and perseverance to make our trip a success. You have overcome the many obstacles put in your way by the weather to make our trip an outstanding success. We really appreciate all you have done. This has been a memorable trip' Phil and Mary Borkowski
John Eagle and Tommy Hartnett John Eagle and Tommy Hartnett pictured beside the minibus at Galley Head Tommy has a fleet of buses. More often than not he will use his luxurious Mercedes Sprinter
Strand B&B Glenbeigh viaduct

We spend the night at the Strand End House near Cahirciveen or The Atlantic Villa on Valentia Island

We stayed there in 2012 and 2015. What a lovely welcome we received, so really looking forward to going back there

Irish Lighthouse tour bus Cromwell Point
Taking pictures of Cromwell Point lighthouse beside the tour bus Entering Cromwell Point lighthouse for tour
Watch aerial footage of Cromwell Point lighthouse


Day 3: June 26th - We head out to the Skelligs from Port Magee. This is a day trip and we will see the lighthouse from below the cliffs and then go onto the rock to view the monastic settlement. We will also see the famous puffins



Viewing the lighthouse at Skellig Michael

Watch a video of Skellig Michael

Gannet colony Little Skellig
The gannet colony on Little Skellig Little Skellig arch

Upon returning from Skellig Michael we drive to the Beara Peninsula for the next two nights. We stay in Eyeries looking straight onto the Atlantic Ocean.

Picture left shows Glanmore Lake where there is a gorgeous restaurant called Josie's Lake House

You won 't be disappointed. I was one of 7 on the 2012 tour. Tommy & John packed in so many sights it was nothing short of amazing- they deserve a medal. Thanks guys. Richard Evans (Association of Lighthouse Keepers)
Trip to the Bull, Dursey and Beara
Map shows boat trip taking in Roancarrig, Bull, to Dursey then tour of Beara


We stay at Formanes House and Coulagh Bay B&Bs at Eyeries, both lovely places with welcoming hosts

Day 4: June 27th - We go out in a fast moving rib (see below) to visit the Bull Rock famous for its cave that lies beneath the lighthouse. If the sea is calm enough we will pass through and look up at the old dwellings


Watch a video going through the cave

Fast mover Up close and personal
The fast moving boat we use to go out to the Bull Rock and Ardnakinna Photographing Ardnakinna lighthouse from the rib
Calf, Bull and Cow
left to right: Bull Rock, Calf Rock, Cow and Heifer
Bull Rock The Bull Rock lies off Dursey Island and takes about an hour from Castletownbere. On the way we will pass close the Calf Rock where there used to be a lighthouse. It was destroyed in a storm in the 1880s. A temporary lighthouse was built on Dursey before the Bull Rock was established
Roncarrig Calf Rock
Visiting Roancarrig on the 2009 tour Calf Rock

Leaving the Calf we pass close to Ardnakinna on Bere Island then come up close on Roancarrig lighthouse in Bantry Bay which was a setting for part of the movie 'Ondine' starring Colin Farrell


Coming ashore in Adrigole we cross over the famous Healy Pass (the picture of Glanmore above was taken from it) and head down to a favourite pub of mine Teddy O'Sullivan's known as the Mussel Bar for its wonderful mussels.

Fresh mussels

There follows a tour down the coast to Allihies and supper there.

Journey from Beara to Galley and Fastnet
Map shows journey south from Beara to Galley Head, then next day to the Fastnet lighthouse
Day 5: June 28th - We go to Galley Head lighthouse for 2 nights. Whilst staying there we go to Schull for a boat trip to the Fastnet. (Please note, in the past two years this boat trip has taken place twice at dawn and once in the evening, due to weather conditions)

Watch an aerial video
Galley head
Galley Head lantern Galley Head
The lantern at Galley Head The stairwell at Galley Head
Watch a video of Galley Head lantern at night 
Galley head
Galley Head Keeper's Cottage, period furniture and books Gerald Butler, the author of the above book will be giving us a slide show when we stay at Galley Head

We go to look at the Fastnet, the one the yachts sail round every second year.

Watch a video
Fastnet lighthouse we circle 3 or 4 times to view this most famous lighthouse, the last sight of Ireland passengers on the way to America saw and hence that is why it is called 'The Teardrop'
Day 6: June 29th - We go to visit the new Mizen Bridge, opened August 2011 at a cost of 2.1 million euros. It replaced the hundred year old bridge which had become unsafe. While it looks much the same the new bridge is wider, wide enough to drive a quad bike across to deliver necessary supplies. Often we see seals way below under the bridge.. We also tour the fog station. Afterwards we will get a good view of Crookhaven lighthouse. Night is at Galley Head
Watch a video on the Mizen
Clonakilty model village One of the things available for us to do is visit the model village at Clonakilty, where a model of the Fastnet stands. This picture shows a model train going over the Ballydehob viaduct. The models are all based on scenes of West Cork
Day 7

Irish Lighthouse Tour bus

Then we take you to Cork, leaving you at the bus/train station or airport or where you would prefer

Tour price is €1,395 per person sharing

Tour price is €1,495 per person wanting a single room

What's included

Tour price includes all lighthouse entry fees, all accommodations (top quality B&Bs and 2 nights at Galley Head lighthouse), all breakfasts except two at Galley Head self catering, bus, ferries and all boat trip costs your guide, author and photographer John Eagle. (Galley Head is self catering where we make our own breakfasts for two days) Highlights of the tour will include boat trips, a lighthouse slide show and meeting people who have worked and continue to work for Irish Lights. Unlike other countries WiFi is for the most part free in Ireland, or comes free with your accommodation. You can also tap into my hotspot


What's not included

Meals other than breakfast are not included. I have considered including all meals, but realize that some people like to go off and do their own thing in the evenings. I also feel that set meals for people tend to be of lower quality. I will do my best to take you to places that offer the best value for the money



I have my own Public Liability Insurance (with LeisureInsure) It covers me for showing people around lighthouses and out on location for workshops in Ireland. I suggest you bring some form of travel insurance with you

I have taken a course in cardiac arrest rescue and know how to assist someone in need of help

Special Notes

Cancellations and Refunds

A 75% refund will be given up to 3 months ahead of the start date of the tour, ie 25% will be kept to cover administration costs and fees incurred by banks and Pay Pal. If the start of the tour is June 1st then March 1st is the deadline for this 75% refund. After that date no refunds will be given

I make reservations, numerous phone calls and emails with my hotels and ferry operators. I need to know 3 months in advance what I am doing. In the final 3 months leading up to the start date of the tour I will keep all monies paid for the tour

I will do my level best to help you plan your trip, with staying in places beforehand and afterwards

Photographing lighthouses takes us to challenging locations, including cliffs and rough seas. For this reason I strongly suggest taking out travel insurance to cover unexpected medical needs during the tour, as accidents can happen. I will always advise you when conditions are dangerous, and when extra care is required. I have photographed all the lighthouses many times over and know the dangerous places to avoid. When on the water waterproofs are advisable, as well as non slip footwear. Cliffs might look tempting for dramatic shots, but a gust of wind could spell danger. You need to be alert at all times.  Boat trips are weather permitting. I will do my level best to get you out on the water but in some cases the seas might be too rough. I will never put you in any kind of danger, and will always judge a scene before allowing you into it for your and my own safety

Sometimes it is not possible to fit everything in on a tour. I do try to get to all locations mentioned but delays are sometimes unavoidable. Visits to certain locations might take place on a different day, like if there is a storm at sea we might need to try again another day. Several times it's been too rough to go to the Fastnet on the planned day, but I have always managed to find a day calm enough to go there. I might change a lighthouse for another just so things run better, for instance Ballincourty in place of Ballycotton. Ballycotton is lovely but it soaks up a lot of time. In place of Ballycotton we could see three other lighthouses instead

Or if you have a question to ask please contact me



I get charged a supplement for single rooms and have to add this on

Other methods of payment available, for instance bank transfers, please ask


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except *Duncannon Fort by Greg Steffenson taken on the Southern Lighthouse Tour 2013




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