Looking after people across the South West of Ireland

The Northern Lighthouse Tour

We once again start our trip on the Aran Islands, but this time it's Inishmore, and Northward, seeing Achill, Donegal, Slieve League Cliffs, Arranmore Island and more! Boat trips to different islands, staying in the fantastic Fanad and Blackhead lighthouses. Again we stay in some of our most trusted and comfortable B&Bs along the way.

Lighthouses seen will be Ardglass, Inishmore, Inisheer, Straw Island, Black rock mayo, Black rock sligo, Mutton Island, Slyne Head, Clare Island, Inishgort, Achillbeg, Black Rock Lighthouse, Blacksod Lighthouse, Eagle Island Lighthouse, Broadhaven Lighthouse, The Metal Man, Oyster Island, Rosses Lower, Saint John's Point, Rotten Island, Rathlin O'Birne, Arranmore Lighthouse, Fanad Head Lighthouse, Tory Island Lighthouse, Dunree Lighthouse, Buncrana, Inishtrahull, Inishowen Head, Rathlin West Lighthouse, East Lighthouse, Rathlin South Lighthouse, The Maidens, Ferris Point Lighthouse, Chaine Memorial, Blackhead Lighthouse, Mew Island, Donaghadee, South Rock, St John's Point Lighthouse, Haulbowline Lighthouse, Rockabill Lighthouse, Howth Lighthouse, Bailey Lighthouse.

The Southern Lighthouse Tour

See the lighthouses of the Southern Coast with all the beautiful scenery in between. We’ll see the Beara peninsula and parts of the Ring of Kerry as we travel up Ireland's Wild Atlantic way, by bus and by boat. We walk the lighthouses, meet the people who used to run them, learn about the construction and how lighthouses work.

See Irish lighthouses Inisheer, Loop Head, Kilcredaune, Tarbert, Little Samphire Island, Cromwell Point, Skellig Michael, Bull Rock, Ardnakinna, Roancarrig, Galley Head, Mizen, Crookhaven, Fastnet, Copper Point, Old Head of Kinsale, Charles Fort, Roche's Point, Ballycotton, Youghal, Hook Head, Duncannon North, Dunmore East and Ballinacourty.

2020 Dates

27th June - 5th July
23rd August - 30th August

Tour price is €1,695 per person sharing Tour price is €1,795 per person wanting a single room

Tour price includes all lighthouse entry fees, all accommodations (top quality B&Bs and 2 nights at Galley Head lighthouse), all breakfasts except two at Galley Head self catering, bus, ferries and all boat trip costs your guide. (Galley Head is self catering where we make our own breakfasts for two days) Highlights of the tour will include boat trips, a lighthouse slide show and meeting people who have worked and continue to work for Irish Lights. WiFi is for the most part free in Ireland, or comes free with your accommodations

Meals other than breakfast are not included. I have considered including all meals, but realize that some people like to go off and do their own thing in the evenings. I also feel that set meals for people tend to be of lower quality. I will do my best to take you to places that offer the best value for the money.

Please note there are no refreshments or toilets (washrooms) on Skellig Michael. The trip is about 4 hours.

I have my own Public Liability Insurance (with LeisureInsure) It covers me for showing people around lighthouses and out on location for workshops in Ireland. I suggest you bring some form of travel insurance with you.

Cancellations and Refunds

A 75% refund will be given up to 3 months ahead of the start date of the tour, ie 25% will be kept to cover administration costs and fees incurred by banks and Pay Pal. If the start of the tour is June 1st then March 1st is the deadline for this 75% refund. After that date no refunds will be given.

I make reservations, numerous phone calls and emails with my hotels and ferry operators. I need to know 3 months in advance what I am doing. In the final 3 months leading up to the start date of the tour I will keep all monies paid for the tour.

I will do my level best to help you plan your trip, with staying in places beforehand and afterwards.

Photographing lighthouses takes us to challenging locations, including cliffs and rough seas. For this reason I strongly suggest taking out travel insurance to cover unexpected medical needs during the tour, as accidents can happen. I will always advise you when conditions are dangerous, and when extra care is required. I have photographed all the lighthouses many times over and know the dangerous places to avoid. When on the water waterproofs are advisable, as well as non slip footwear. Cliffs might look tempting for dramatic shots, but a gust of wind could spell danger. You need to be alert at all times. Boat trips are weather permitting. I will do my level best to get you out on the water but in some cases the seas might be too rough. I will never put you in any kind of danger, and will always judge a scene before allowing you into it for your and my own safety.

Sometimes it is not possible to fit everything in on a tour. I do try to get to all locations mentioned but delays are sometimes unavoidable. Visits to certain locations might take place on a different day, like if there is a storm at sea we might need to try again another day. Several times it's been too rough to go to the Fastnet on the planned day, but I have always managed to find a day calm enough to go there. I might change a lighthouse for another just so things run better, for instance Ballincourty in place of Ballycotton. Ballycotton is lovely but it soaks up a lot of time. In place of Ballycotton we could see three other lighthouses instead. Or if you have a question to ask please contact me.