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Donaghadee
Donaghadee
Get up close and personal with the lighthouses
Blacksod
Blacksod
radar

Radar at the Baily

Kish
The Kish (high powered lens needed)
St. Johns
St. Johns Down
Angus
Angus Rock
Strangford
Strangford Loch
Irish Lights
CIL Emblem
'John, thank you for all your hard work and perseverance to make our trip a success. You have overcome the many obstacles put in your way by the weather to make our trip an outstanding success. We really appreciate all you have done. This has been a memorable trip' Phil and Mary Borkowski 2009 tour
St Johns
St. Johns Donegal
lantern
Inside a lantern
John Eagle
John Eagle on the balcony of The Baily
Baily Lantern
Baily lantern
Meet those who worked at the lighthouses
Baily
The Baily
Chaine Tower
Chaine Tower
St. Johns
St. Johns Down
Ardglass
Ardglass
Seeing the lens flash out the bedroom window at Blackhead was wonderful.  The buildings are so well cared for.  Self catering with new friends is another highlight of the trip Nancy Ohlson
South Rock
South Rock
Altacarry
Altacarry
Inishowen
Stairwell
Rathlin West
Rathlin West
 
See pictures taken on the 2012 tour

Northern Irish Extreme Lighthouse Tour of Ireland 2015

LH tour map

 

The Clare inn

 

We will see the following lighthouses: Inisheer (at a distance) Straw Island, Inishmore, Eeragh, Broadhaven, Eagle Island, Blacksod, Blackrock Mayo (at a distance), Blackrock Sligo (at a distance) The Metal Man, Oyster Island, St Johns Donegal, Rotten Island, Fanad, Rathlin West, Rathlin East, Rue Point, Blackhead lighthouse Antrim (we stay two nights at this one) Donaghadee, Ardglass, St Johns Down, Howth, and The Baily (we get a guided tour inside this one)

Day 1 we go for a cruise through the Aran Islands passing Inisheer which has a lighthouse

Aran Islands

we will not be landing on the island on this tour, we do that on the Southern Tour in June, however we will be landing on Inishmore

Inisheer

We will also see Straw Island lighthouse and after landing on Inishmore where a minibus awaits us for a drive round the island. We will go to the far end of the island to view Eeragh and walk up the hill to see the old lighthouse of Inishmore. There is an optional visit to the ancient semi circular fort at Dun Aengus

The old lighthouse with signal tower beside it

Straw Island

Straw Island

Inishmore

Inishmore

Eeragh Dun Aengus
Eeragh The cliffs at Dun Aengus on Inishmore

After our tour we go to Clifden for the night.

Day 2 we wind our way north through the hills of Connemara. This is where the John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara movie 'The Quiet Man' was filmed. The mountains here are stunning to look at. We stop in Westport for a bite of lunch

Mayo

Then we travel up the west coast into Mayo and to our destination near Blacksod lighthouse. This area is windswept, friendly people, lots of sandy beaches and four lighthouses. We will visit the lighthouse at Blacksod after dark, which is very exciting! We spend the night at Josephine Geraghty's superb B&B Brú Chlann Lir near Blacksod. I love staying there. Eagle Island and Broadhaven lighthouses are on our viewing list and you will catch the distant light of Blackrock

Eagle Island
Eagle Island, wild and exciting
Eagle Island Blackrock
Eagle Island Blackrock
Blacksod Broadhaven
Blacksod Broadhaven

Day 3 : We continue our journey up the west coast, calling in at the Ceide Fields Neolithic Site where a civilisation was unearthed

Ceide Fields   Mayo cliffs

beneath the bog. A slide show and guided tour is available, and across the road are spectacular cliffs just yearning to be photographed. You will want to view them!

We then make our way up to Sligo for lunch at the Waterfront cafe which serves delicious food. We can see the lighthouse of Oyster Island, Blackrock and the famous Metal Man before heading north for our bed for the night near St. Johns lighthouse in County Donegal

The Metal Man Oyster Island
The Metal Man Oyster Island
Killybegs
St. Johns Killybegs
Rotten Island Fanad

Rotten Island

At the entrance to Killybegs, a major Irish fishing port

 

Fanad lighthouse

Fanad lighthouse, one of the major lighthouses on the northern coast, very impressive and not to be missed

Day 4 : We go north to Fanad, one of the major lighthouses on the coast, travelling through the wilds of Donegal
Buncrana Inishowen
Buncrana Inishowen

We take the ferry across Lough Swilly to Buncrana and onto the Inishowen peninsula, making our way to Greencastle not far from Inishowen lighthouse

Day 5 : We take the ferry to Northern Ireland for a day trip to Rathlin Island to see East and West lighthouses. There is an option here to either go on the island for a tour, or go round the island in a high speed boat to view the wildlife and see the lighthouses from below. Either way we can go on the island for a light lunch in the bar. There is a bird observation lookout beside Rathlin West lighthouse where experts are on hand to point out the birds winging their way in

Rathlin West

Rathlin Island Altacarry
The western shore of Rathlin Island near the lighthouse Altacarry, the Eastern lighthouse on Rathlin Island

 

Then we go to Blackhead lighthouse which will be our home for the following two nights of the tour

Blackhead lantern

Blackhead lantern

Chaine Tower Chaine Tower
Chaine Tower Chaine Tower with Ferris Point in distance

Close by are the lighthouses of Chaine Tower and Ferris Point

 

 

Blackhead

Blackhead

Blackhead

Day 6 : We take a tour of County Down, Donaghadee lighthouse is first then calling in to visit St Johns Point lighthouse, the only yellow and black lighthouse in Ireland. Watch out for lots of small lighthouses along the way before and after St. Johns like the charming harbour light at Ardglass where we stop for a bite to eat. There is a ferry crossing at Strangford passing a water turbine

Donaghadee

Donaghadee

Water turbine

Strangford Lough water turbine machine

Mountains of Mourne Ardglass
Mountains of Mourne Ardglass
St Johns St Johns Down
We will pass through romantic mountains of Mourne before travelling back up to Belfast for a short visit on our way back to Blackhead for our final night.
Baily Baily lantern
The Baily and the lantern
Day 7 : After breakfast we head south to Howth for a tour of the The Baily. Then its time to go our separate ways and we hope you have enjoyed your tour of the Northern lights of Ireland

 

Tour price is €1,175pp sharing (€1250 for single people due to single room supplement)

Price includes visits to all lighthouses, places to stay with breakfast, boat trips, bus and driver

 

What's included

Tour price includes all lighthouse entry fees, all accommodations (hotel 1st night, top quality B&Bs and 2 nights at Blackhead lighthouse), all breakfasts and first night supper, all transportation costs except air fare to/from the start/end of  the tour and your guide, author and photographer John Eagle. Highlights of the tour will include boat trips, a lighthouse slideshow and meeting people who have worked and continue to work for Irish Lights. The tour is limited to 8 people due to beds available at Blackhead Keeper's Cottage. Please advise if you are prepared to share or would prefer a single room. Unlike other countries WiFi is for the most part free in Ireland, or comes free with your accommodation.

 

What's not included


Evening meals (apart from first night) are not included. I have considered including all meals, but realise 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.

Insurance

I have my own Public Liability Insurance (with LeisureInsure Certificate) It covers me for showing people around lighthouses and out on location for workshops in Ireland. Tour participants should consider their own travel insurance covering any unexpected medical needs, and travel expenses.

 

Special Notes

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 PayPal. 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

 

To reserve your place on the 2015 Northern Tour the deposit is

€300

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