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Ballycotton Island Lighthouse Tours

Ballycotton, Ireland
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About Ballycotton Island Lighthouse Tours
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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Joan Fennelly wrote a review 1 Aug
Cobh, Ireland7 contributions
Hazel was a great guide and brought the tour alive by giving us lots of local info. We were very lucky with the weather and to see from Mine Head to the Old Head if Kinsale. Steep climb but lots of stops to see the views.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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ytlm wrote a review Jun 2022
Ireland69 contributions9 helpful votes
This trip is a must for all, John made the trip exceptional, his genuine knowledge and ability to answer all questions made the trip, day perfect and done at a steady safe pace for all, came away with an abundance of lighthouse and local knowledge, Only Negative is Public Toilets Locked, in this Tourist Village, Shame on Co.Council, also no Restaurant Open Early Week
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Maura M wrote a review Jun 2022
Ireland17 contributions2 helpful votes
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An amazing two hours - from the harbour at Ballycotton to the beautiful sea crossing to the lighthouse - we had a magical time. I loved being on the boat and the sea and sky were beautiful. A real adventure guided by the incredibly knowledgeable John who had so many facts, stories and such high regard and respect for the way of life of the lighthouse. Walking up the steep path with the solid walls on each side, with amazing panoramic views, views from a height that even if you don’t like heights you could handle I would reckon. The fresh air was gorgeous. The buildings and stories about what life was like when these lighthouses were manned. Watching the gulls and goats on the slantiest of slopes. There were six in the group - a nice number and a lovely group. The amazing stone work and craft and the highlight was getting inside the lighthouse to see it’s mechanics and the sheer beauty of walking around it’s periphery at the top. The skippers brought us there and back and we got off that boat feeling like we had touched a bit of history in the Irish spirit and got to know more the beautiful Ballycotton. We look forward to doing the trip again in future. I’m an artist and abstract filmmaker so this was a slice of inspiration heaven. I hope to make some art inspired by this trip soon.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Elpa_Cork wrote a review Oct 2021
Cork, Ireland5 contributions5 helpful votes
An outstanding day out in exceptional weather for this time of year (October). The tour is well run with an excellent guide and boat captain. Safety is of primary concern so we were all issued with proper lifejackets before departure. The history and social living conditions of the lighthouse keepers on the island are very well explained. Ballycotton holds a treasured place in Ireland's marine history and our guide was able to point out the Smiths Reef where the SS. Sirius ran aground and was lost in 1847. This caused the lighthouse to be built on Ballycotton Island rather than Capel Island off Youghal which is further East. Overall an outstanding tour. Well done to our guide, Heather and our captain Paddy. Go Raibh Mile Maith Agaibh. Liam and family
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Date of experience: October 2021
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James S wrote a review Aug 2021
Cork, Ireland4 contributions1 helpful vote
Had a great tour on a fantastic sunny August day with amazing views from the island. Hazel was a brilliant tour guide and paid extra attention to my inquisitive 5 year old and equally curious 3 year old. It’s a perfect way to spend an afternoon in Cork. The boat trip is nice and smooth - not too long! The island and lighthouse tour is really interesting.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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