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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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Elpa_Cork wrote a review 10 Oct
Cork, Ireland3 contributions3 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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Sean McG wrote a review Aug 2021
Navan, Ireland3 contributions1 helpful vote
Derry was our guide in August 2021 and he was absolutely brilliant, friendly, whitty and extremely informative. We met the other guides Eddie and Hazel on the island and they were excellent too. This tour is thoroughly recommended 1000 percent.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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PaulaGalvin wrote a review Aug 2021
Kildare, Ireland636 contributions155 helpful votes
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Eddie our expert guide was a delight on this tour. A wealth of knowledge combined with a fine sense of humour made this a wonderful tour, thoroughly enjoyed by ourselves and the other five occupants of our boat. Eddie had been a lighthouse keeper, not only in Ballycotton but in lighthouses the length and breadth of the country so he was able to tell us some great stories about his time. It is such a shame to see this lighthouse and the two cottages being left to become ruins but we did manage to climb the two staircases of the lighthouse and imagine what it would have been like in its glory days, all gleaming brass and ship shape. Thank you Eddie for sharing your passion of lighthouses with us!
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Emer wrote a review Aug 2021
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Fantastic experience. Such an enjoyable day out for all ages. We had grandparents and two kids, 4 and 6 and enjoyed by all. Thanks so much to Hazel our fantastic, warm and welcoming guide. Best day trip in a very long time.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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