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Irish Lighthouses and Coastal Tours of Ireland

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John Eagle on a lighthouse tour

8 day Southern Irish Lighthouse Tour & Northern Lighthouse Tour

Customised tour to suit what you would like to do (maybe an add on to a main tour)

Lighthouses, ring forts, standing stones, ancient castles, birds, wild flowers. Stay at lighthouses and superb B&Bs. Fastnet, Skellig Michael, Hook Head, Fanad, Blackhead, Loop Head and lots more lighthouses. Leave the beaten track to see things few outsiders ever get to see

Author, photographer and award winning artist John Eagle coupled with bus driver Tommy Hartnett make a great team. Each tour group is kept small, so we all get to know eachother. You will be picked up and dropped where it suits you best, and in between we hope you will have a grand time here in Ireland

Tommy Hartnett

With the Euro being so weak against other currencies my tours represent great value for money

Fastnet lighthouse


Southern Irish Lighthouse Tour

Southern Irish Lighthouse 8 day tour

June 22nd to 30th 2019

click here to book onto 2019 tour

Come and see the famous Fastnet lighthouse, Hook Head the oldest working lighthouse, Skellig Michael where there is an ancient beehive monastic settlement, and meet the men who work to keep the lights burning

Come on the Southern Lighthouse Tour

Only €1695 per person

Price includes bus, driver, boat trips photography tuition, John Eagle, ferries, lighthouse fees and B&Bs

Now into its 10th successful year of being run

€100 supplement for single rooms


Northern Irish Lighthouse tour

Northern Irish Lighthouse tour

August 24th to September 1st 2019

Extra day added

click here to book on 2019 tour

Bring your camera, sketch pad, drone, come away with me up north and see the lighthouses on the northern coast of Ireland. Start in the Aran Islands for a cruise, then up the west coast along the top and down the east to Dublin

Escape on the Northern Irish Lighthouse Tour

only  €1795 per person

Price includes bus, driver, boat trips photography tuition, John Eagle, ferries, lighthouse fees and B&Bs

Now in its 8th successful year

€100 supplement for single rooms

Custom Lighthouse Tours

Create your own tour, visit lighthouses, castles, trace your roots. We can arrange it all for you. Pick you up at your hotel, airport, train station and take you where you would like to go. An add on tour to the holiday you have booked. We know the best affordable places to stay and there are some great B&Bs in Ireland. We also stay at lighthouses overlooking the sea, going to sleep with the lantern flashing in the windows

You decide where you would like to go and we will arrange it for you

Maybe you would like to see just a few lighthouses, the best from the four coastlines. Pick out certain ones, like for instance The Hook, Baily, Blackhead, Fanad, Loop Head, Skellig Michael, Cromwell Point and add in some sights like Rock of Cashel, Lismore Castle, famine cottages in Beara, tour Ring of Kerry

famine cottage

Tell us what you would like to see, we will put it together and discuss it with you, letting you make changes along the way until you are happy with the proposed tour

Please book early as the best places sell out quite quickly Contact John Eagle

Bantry Bay high speed 3 hour boat trip 'Thread the Eye of the Needle'

Bull Rock
Thread the Eye of the Needle

go through the Bull Rock Tunnel

€75 per person, I can give a discount for 8 people going at once, so make a group of 8 and I will let you go for €50 a person. The high speed boat trip lasts about three hours

Watch the video of going through the arch

It is far from easy to do this boat trip which makes it more challenging, you need patience and a desire to go. I was forced to cancel 4 trips in 2012 due to bad weather. If you get to go through the needle then consider yourself one of the lucky ones. It is a lot of fun

The reward is passing through the Bull Rock tunnel, which, it is said, you pass into the Underworld

Bere Island cave boat trip

Bere Island Caves Boat Trip

Spend a couple of hours going round Bere Island, visiting fantastic caves and getting to see lighthouses, wrecks, and wildlife €60pp minimum booking 2 people


See the Fastnet Sunken church on Inisheer

See the Fastnet with me, and see Ireland's historical past too

Loop Head

Spend a few days with me at a lighthouse, the most en~lightening place to do a workshop

Hi, I'm John Eagle. I give tours round the Irish coast looking at lighthouses. I also teach workshops in lighthouses, where amongst other things we work on ways to make the lantern light really interesting. There's always lots to see and do around lighthouses, passing boats, lots of seabirds.

I was the first person to make a complete set of postcards of Irish lighthouses and I have had 2 books about them published. I am passionate about taking people round the lights of Ireland. My tours also include visits to local historical sites and points of interest along the way

your enjoyment is my pleasure ..John Eagle

John Eagle at Fanad lighthouse

Would you like to join in the fun?

There has never been a better time to visit Ireland

Irish Lighthouse Tour Bus

The tour bus can take 9, but only 8 people can stay in the lighthouses we go to. Please book early to avoid disappointment. I can take a larger bus for my tours that do not stay at lighthouses

As seen in the Lighthouse Digest

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Click to download the tour brochure pdf

Fabulous trip John! "Extreme Lighthousing" does not say enough.   You got us into places we would not have seen and best of all we got to meet several people associated with the lighthouses that we would not have met without you.  I will especially remember our talk with Mr. O'Driscoll , the last keeper of Fastnet, and his wife Maura.  Your boat trips are the only way to understand just how impressive the offshore lights - and the people who lived there - really are.  I was expecting to be impressed with Fastnet, and I was, but Calf Rock amazed me.  The island is so small, just covered with steps cut into the stone, and people lived through the tower being broken in half.   And then during our visit to Bull Rock, we got to take the boat through the tunnel.  I will be bragging on that feat for years.  The B & Bs you took us to were so nice.  I especially remember Josephine's place and walking just outside to see Eagle Island and Blackrock Mayo.  I had fun making breakfast in the keeper's kitchen at Blackhead Antrim, but it wasn't as good as Jospehine's.  My trip isn't over - there is so much more to learn about the places we saw.  I want to learn more about the monks on Skelligs Micheal and  I need to find the books Mr. O'Driscoll told me about.  I hope to see you again in a few years John.  Can't wait!

2011 Extreme Lighthouse Tour participant Laura Chewning from the USA


Lighthouse Fastnet
At the Fastnet lighthouse August 20th 2011

At the Fastnet lighthouse August 20th 2011 l-r Bette Keeping, Gerry Douglas-Sherwood, Claus Peter Hempelmann, Keith Morton (Hon. Secretary of the ALK), Nancy Ohlson, Kirsten Hempelmann, Judy Weeks, Laura Chewning, Kim Fahlen and sheepdog Suzie. Please click here to watch a short video


The Fastnet lighthouse, we go round this in a boat

Click here to see pictures from the 2013 tour

Click here to see pictures from the 2012 tour


Please click here for 2015 tour details

John,   I need to thank you for all the work and planning that went into our trip.  I have dreamed of seeing Ireland for many years.  Our trip was unbelievable! Your choice of Tommy for our driver was inspired.  He was so helpful. Listening to the Irish accent was a treat everywhere we went. We saw so much in our time in Eire.  It is so hard to choose a favorite!  The new friends must be first.   Fastnet, Skelligs, The Hook, are each special in their own way, but staying at Blackhead must be on a list of its own.

Getting up to travel around The Fastnet at dawn is spectacular!  The early sun shinning off the tower and lens took my breath away. Watching the waves break against the rocks on such a peaceful day makes the power of storms that break over the tower almost unimaginable.

   Skelligs took my breath away in more than one way.  Your encouragement to keep climbing ( I made it to the beehives) and advice to help an amateur photographer made that event special.
   Seeing the lens flash out the bedroom window at Blackhead was wonderful.  The buildings are so well cared for.  Self catering with new friends is another highlight of the trip.
   Your land, the vistas and flowers and the people we met along the way added layer upon layer of memories to our collection. 
   Thank you again,    Nancy Ohlson 2011 tour

Would you like to see more pictures taken on the 2011 tour? Click here


Thanks so much. You did a brilliant job organising it all looking forward to the next one...

Judy Weeks (Association of Lighthouse Keepers)


Read what Kim Fahlen wrote in Lamp about this lighthouse tour, click here

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