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My East Coast Irish Extreme Lighthouse Tour 2014

This is my tour down the East Coast of Ireland, going from Dublin the capital city of the northern part of the Republic to Cork the capital of the southern part and taking in lots of lighthouses along the way. I love showing people Ireland's coast, and would love to meet you

May 11th to 17th 2015


A fabulous five day tour of east coast Irish lighthouses

Hook lighthouse

See the Hook lighthouse (above) on this East Coast tour, the oldest working lighthouse in Europe, take the tour inside

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we meet up in Skerries, Co Dublin. This makes an ideal starting point, as we are close to the Irish Sea and will see the light from Rockabill lighthouse just off the coast

Rockabill Rockabill Rockabill

Rockabill off Skerries

Day 1: we go to Howth for a tour of The Baily lighthouse, then afterwards view Poolbeg lighthouse at the mouth of Dublin Harbour.

Baily Baily Baily
From the air The Baily lantern Up close and personal

Here we also see North Bank and North Bull harbour lights. A chance to stretch our legs with a walk along the causeway to Poolbeg and hopefully see some big ships on the way

North Bank North Bull Poolbeg
North Bank North Bull Poolbeg

Poolbeg and Dublin Harbour entrance lights North Bull and Bank

North Bull

Stena Nordica passing North Bull. We see lots of big ships on the East Coast tour


We head for Dún Laoghaire for the night

West Pier light Dún Laoghaire East Pier light
West Pier light Dún Laoghaire Band stand on the East Pier East Pier lighthouse Dún Laoghaire

Day 2: we visit the Maritime Museum in the old church on the hill overlooking Dún Laoghaire.

Maritime Museum

The old lantern from the Baily at the Dún Laoghaire Maritime Museum

Also available are two lighthouses at the entrance to the harbour, plus the Heaquarters of The Commissioners of Irish Lights. Often their tender the ILV Granuaile is moored there

We then drive down the coast to view the Wicklow towers


Wicklow Old Wicklow lighthouse Wicklow
Old Wicklow Tower Wicklow lighthouse The old redundant middle tower

We spend the night in Wexford, possibly going for a boat trip to the Tuskar Rock that evening. Much depends on the weather

Day 3: we drive down the coast to Rosslare, (below) visit Kilmore Quay. We also visit the Rosslare Maritime Museum

Tuskar Rosslare Tuskar
Tuskar Rosslare Tuskar


We will stay at the nearest B&B to Hook lighthouse

Day 4: We go to the fabulous Hook Head lighthouse (below) for a tour. Then we take the ferry over to County Waterford to see Dunmore East lighthouse and then make our way to Ballinacourty lighthouse at the mouth of Dungarvan Harbour

Hook Hook Hook


We spend the night in Youghal, where there is a lighthouse you just cannot help but notice as its right beside the road (below)

Duncannon Youghal Ballinacourty
Duncannon North Youghal Ballinacourty


Day 5: we visit Mine Head lighthouse, which has the highest elevation in Ireland, then we go to Ballycotton to see the black lighthouse there which is just offshore on an island. Then its on to Roche's Point (below)at the entrance to Cork Harbour

Roche's Point Roche's Point Roche's Point

Roche's Point

Old Head of Kinsale Charles Fort Old Head
Old Head of Kinsale Charles Fort The Old Head of Kinsale

We spend our final night of the tour in the historic coastal port of Kinsale where we will visit the lighthouse on the impressive Charles Fort that watches over the entrance to the harbour, and also visit the Old Head lighthouse where we can see ruins of what is believed to be the oldest lighthouse in Ireland

In the morning I will take you to the nearby Cork Airport or if you prefer into Cork City

Cost of this tour is €1495 pp and is limited to 8 people

What's included

Tour price includes entry to lighthouses that charge a fee, places to stay (top quality B&Bs), breakfast, boat trips, your guide John Eagle, being chaffeur driven, meeting people who have worked and still work for Irish Lights, bus and driver. Tour is limited to 8 people. Please advise if you are prepared to share or would prefer a single room.

What's not included

Meals other than breakfast. I have considered including all meals, but realise 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 money. A small extra charge is made for single rooms by B&B owners and I have to pass this on to whoever wants one


I expect you to bring travel insurance with you for your own safety. I will do my level best to make sure you do not come into danger, but the unexpected can happen. I have my own Public Liability Insurance


A supplementary charge will be added for single rooms

10% charge for cancellations to cover for administration costs

  I try my hardest to give each and every person on my tours a truly rewarding experience, and will do my utmost not to put anyone in harms way. Photographing lighthouses takes us to often dangerous locations, like cliffs and rough waves, and for this reason I strongly suggest you take out insurance to cover you on my trips. I will always advise you when conditions are dangerous, and when extra care is required. I have photographed all the lightouses many times over and know the dangerous spots to avoid. When on the water waterproofs are advisable, and non slip footwear. A life jacket will be provided for your safety. Cliffs might look tempting for dramatic shots, but a gust of wind could spell danger. You need to be alert at all times  

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