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Ballycotton Island Lighthouse Tours

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Address: The Pier, Ballycotton 0000, Ireland
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+353 21 464 6875
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45 minutes from Cork city and you will be transported on an exclusive...

45 minutes from Cork city and you will be transported on an exclusive historical natural visitor experience. A charming 10-seater passenger ferry 'Yassy' and a local guide will transport you to the previously inaccessible island; up the steep grassy incline to the summit and inside the black tower and onto the lantern balcony.

Only goats live on the island.. sometimes they come and say hello!

                   

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This was a great trip involving the excitement of a boat trip across to the island with a mix of nature, history, engineering and man's association with the Sea. Our guide Peter... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 August 2016
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Southport, United Kingdom
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Loch Gorman
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

we headed out early on the first trip over to the island. it was dead calm and it made the trip all the more pleasant. lots of information on history and flora and fauna. a must do item if you are in the area..

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Southport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

This was a great trip involving the excitement of a boat trip across to the island with a mix of nature, history, engineering and man's association with the Sea. Our guide Peter filled our visit with interesting anecdotes about the lives of the former lighthouse keepers. It was a memorable experience on a lovely sunny day!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Derry took us out on a blustery day, well worth it. Especially if you've never seen Ballycotton from the sea. Lots of history but also stories on wildlife, islands etc. Well worth the trip to Ballycotton.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

We did this tour on the advice of trip advisor. Couldn't fault it! Our tour guide Eddie was a wealth of knowledge (an ex-lighthouse keeper at Ballycotton). His passion for the island and lighthouse was inspiring and wonderful to listen to. The island itself was beautiful with 360degree views. Quick boat ride over and bit of a walk up the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

We took this boat trip as my husband's great grandfather was one of the lighthouse keepers on the island in 1901. It was a fantastic experience and one not to be missed when visiting Ballycotton. Our guide himself an ex Ballycotton lighthouse keeper was extremely knowledgeable, friendly,informative, funny and interesting. We went with 4 children aged between 8-12 yrs and... More 

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Cork
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Did this tour with a 5 & 3 yr old. This tour had a bit of everything for them, from the boat trip out to the island to the climbing of the lighthouse steps to the view at the top. These were just as exciting for us adults but we had the added advantage of hearing all the history and... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

This is a treat! Hazel was absolutely superb and her enthusiasm and passion made the tour. She was so interesting and informative. I highly recommend this tour.

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Kill, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

We loved the trip over to the Island, & the tour was very interesting & informative, about a way of life that's gone now, & will be forgotten about if it's memory is not kept going. A great trip for both locals and foreigners.

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Shrewsbury
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

Family trip to Ballycotton lighthouse with our excellent guide, Derry. Very informative but not intrusive. Fascinating tour about lighthouse history and Derry has great knowledge about all the seabirds and wild flowers as well as the lighthouse. Absolutely recommend the tour and we thought it was good value. Also to mention our very competent young skipper who fetched us too... More 

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Dublin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

From beginning to end this was a great tour. The guides were incredibly interesting and very engaging and entertaining. Their knowledge of the history of the lighthouse was quite spectacular. The boat trip was great & the tour of the island and the lighthouse quite amazing. The younger kids on the trip really enjoyed it too. A special excursion for... More 

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