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Fanad Head Lighthouse
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Lighthouses
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11:00 - 17:00
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11:00 - 17:00
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11:00 - 17:00
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Fanad Head Lighthouse, one of the world's most beautiful lighthouses, is located within the Donegal Gaeltacht on the wild and windswept Fanad peninsula. Join us on a guided tour while taking in the spectacular scenery and exploring the wonderful natural world around us! Learn about the role of the lighthouse and the lives of the light-keepers in our visitor centre or enjoy a unique getaway staying in one of the lighthouse keeper's houses!
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Gary A
Bangor, UK38 contributions
Dec 2022
Fanad Head Lighthouse is stunning.

We were fortunate to stay with friends for 2 nights and the accomodation and views along with the welcome by John were top class.

Whether you stay or just visit this place is a must see!
Written 15 December 2022
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2CAtravelers
Brattleboro, VT750 contributions
Sep 2022
The location alone is worth the drive to the Lighthouse. Absolutely beautiful. Adequate parking for the number of folks visiting.
The tour was interesting and provided insight into the workings of the lighthouse as well as the lives of the men who staffed them and their families.
The climb to the top of the tower is not for the unfit or faint hearted; it is one way up and the same down. The stairway is narrow and the steps themselves are shallow - but the reward at the top is wonderful. If the sun is shining it can be quite warm in the light room at the top.
Written 13 November 2022
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Scolfer
Enniscorthy, Ireland23 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
My husband & I stayed at Drumree at Fanad, a one bedroom cottage. It was fantastic from arrival to departure...We were met on arrival by John who showed us around giving us a lovely welcome. The cottage has everything you could possibly need & I couldnt find anything lacking. The sitting room/kitchen is cosy & charming with it's Carnegie library & pot bellied stove. The winding stairs down to the bathroom with excellent shower & the cosy cosy bedroom with magnificent views have to be seen to be believed. Pictures on the website don't do this place justice. We are already planning our next booking. We had a tour of the lighthouse included in the trip which was fascinating. We enjoyed coffee at the Lighthouse shop/cafe & great chat with Yvonne! We ate at the Lighthouse Tavern & played some music. If you are looking for genuine hospitality & good food don't miss it. There is no TV & no wifi but this was exactly what we needed. Fantastic stay...
Written 13 November 2022
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RobPilling
London, UK139 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Having last visited in 1995, when it was automated and a lonely building.
It’s now a vibrant part of the local community with its history, stories and beauty on show for all.
A blustery clear day in October gave us the opportunity to visit, from the beauty on the drive in to the welcome at the Cafe by Therese the tour with Kevin. It was a fantastic few hours, I’ll now have to learn Gaelic so I can have a proper chat with Therese.
These are days that remind you of what’s important in life, being with the one I love and doing things and meeting people that inspire.
Written 26 October 2022
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Myles D
9 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
We were enchanted with our guided tour of this magnificent Lighthouse. Tour guide Eimear provided a most interesting narrative on the background of this 1817 structure. The weather was good on the day so the views were magnificent. Fanad Peninsula is most attractive!
Written 21 October 2022
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Cathe M
Niagara Falls, Canada138 contributions
Jul 2022
A trip to Fanad Head Lighthouse should be on your bucket list the ability to be able to see the inside of a lighthouse with knowledgeable guides is to be recommended. The views from the lighthouse were spectacular. When we were leaving, we met with a family staying at the lighthouse for a week, maybe if we go back, we will stay here.
Written 27 September 2022
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Tammy L
6 contributions
Sep 2022
Our group of six had a wonderful time visiting the Fanad Lighthouse and taking the guided tour. The views from the top of the lighthouse were fantastic (we visited on a beautiful, blue-sky day). Our guide, Kevin, was very knowledgeable about the history of the lighthouse, its keepers, and the surrounding community. He did a great job, and we thank him for guiding us safely through the grounds and answering our many questions. The onsite gift shop is attended by friendly, knowledgeable staff. They offer a tasty selection of hot drinks (including lattes!) and baked goods and beautiful gift items, some created by local artisans. We also took the time to visit the Pollet Arch, which is a short drive from the lighthouse. What a magical part of Ireland. If you are looking for an affordable, history rich day, surrounded by rugged shorelines and crashing waves, I highly recommend that you take the time to visit the Fanad Lighthouse and the Pollet Arch. You won't be disappointed.
Written 23 September 2022
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30 contributions
Sep 2022
We had a week in Dunree View, booked for 2020 then rescheduled twice because of covid. The admin staff were very helpful and responsive about the rescheduling. When we arrived, the staff we met were John, Kevin,Eoghan , all very friendly and helpful (also the ladies in the shop but we didn't get their names). The tour was brilliant (scary steps!!) .
Accommodation was great, very clean. To open the bedroom door and be looking out over the sea was fantastic. The bed was the most comfortable ever. The kitchen/living room was comfy and cosy and we thoroughly enjoyed our evenings there after being out by the sea all day. It's so peaceful - all you can hear is the roar of the sea.
If you're staying a week like we did, make sure to do a big shop - we flew into Derry on a Sunday afternoon and only just made it to Tesco as it was closing, so only had time to grab essentials, and the local shops are a drive away and very limited in what they sell.
There's a great walk over the hills from a lane opposite the pub - there are no signposts telling you there's a walk, it looks like you're walking into someone's farm!
The only things that could improve our stay was if the cafe did food, just basic e.g. soup for lunchtime.
Fantastic stay overall. Would give it more than 5 stars if I could!
Written 19 September 2022
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MacMa
Killiney, Ireland101 contributions
Aug 2022
When in North Donegal, a trip to Fanad Head Lighthouse should be on everyones' itinerary, the ability to be able to see the inside of a lighthouse with knowledgeable guides is to be recommended. The day we were there was a typically Irish day, sunny one minute and a heavy rain shower the next. But having said that being at the top of a lighthouse in a heavy rain shower gives an insight into what it must have been like to be a lighthouse keeper in the midst of a storm and emphasises the importance of them to all mariners and fishermen.
Written 31 August 2022
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n0ggin
Aberdeen, UK48 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
Our guide was a young local who was full of interesting facts, information and anecdotes about life in the lighthouse old days and how it all integrates in todays hi tech world. He was just excellent. It’s a fair distance from anywhere to get there but we’ll worth the effort. Really good cafe as well. The last bit of acccess up to the light is steep and probably not for everyone
Written 31 August 2022
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