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Fanad Head Lighthouse
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Fanad Head Lighthouse, one of the world's most beautiful lighthouses, is located within the Donegal Gaeltacht on the wild and windswept Fanad peninsula. Join us on a guided tour while taking in the spectacular scenery and exploring the wonderful natural world around us! Learn about the role of the lighthouse and the lives of the light-keepers in our visitor centre or enjoy a unique getaway staying in one of the lighthouse keeper's houses!
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  • Gary A
    Bangor, United Kingdom47 contributions
    Simply Stunning!
    Fanad Head Lighthouse is stunning. We were fortunate to stay with friends for 2 nights and the accomodation and views along with the welcome by John were top class. Whether you stay or just visit this place is a must see!
    Gary, a chara Thank you so much for your wonderful review - please do come back and stay again!
    Written June 23, 2023
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    Visited December 2022
    Written December 15, 2022
  • Patrick D
    2 contributions
    Magical Lighthouse Adventure
    We had an absolute blast visiting this charming lighthouse in Donegal! Yvonne, our guide, was a treasure trove of knowledge and made the experience so enjoyable. The stunning views were like a dream. The gift shop staff were incredibly warm and made our visit extra special, encouraging us to speak our "cúpla focal" and offering tips "as Gaeilge"! The tour was just the right length, leaving us with happy hearts and lots of fascinating information. Nature lovers and history buffs, this is a delightful destination!
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 21, 2023
  • Eros
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom1,383 contributions
    Stunning setting
    about the history and workings. Cost 10 euro.   Fanad Lighthouse is set in a stunning location and the Lighthouse tour is well worth taking. We had an entertaining talk from Kevin about the history and workings of the lighthouse. Cost is 10 euro.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 14, 2023
  • Time2judge
    Drogheda, Ireland237 contributions
    A must visit
    The three of us planned a visit to Fanad Lighthouse today. Excellent value and lots to learn about the importance of the lighthouse to Ireland. Our guide was JOHN, who is an excellent guide with great knowledge, thankyou JOHN. If we find the gold bars that went missing we will be back. A fascinating view about all lighthouse's and the commission of lighthouses. There is also a great little shop beside the lighthouse for coffee after the visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 7, 2023
  • IrelandIrishcailini
    Dublin, Ireland69 contributions
    Excellent tour & guide Kevin
    Highly recommended tour of Fanad Lighthouse. It had history, engineering , statistics and the best of all old stories from the locals. I loved going up the steps to the top of the lighthouse as well as learning about the different ship wrecks. Kevin the tour guide was outstanding and captured my attention. He answered all our questions and it was great having a local guy doing the tour. Well done to Kevin and I’ve already recommended the tour and Kevin to others.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 15, 2023
  • colmk89
    16 contributions
    Great Tour. Surpassed all expectations!!!
    We did a tour while on a weekend break in North Donegal. It was a great experience. Our guide Oisin was fantastic. He was friendly, informative and couldn't have been more helpful. Learned about the history and importance of lighthouses, not only in Donegal but around Ireland while experiencing the amazing and unique views around the lighthouse. The highlight was the climb to the top of the Tower. The tour also includes a short virtual reality experience and a listening experience. Great value for money. A nice coffee shop at the car park also. Highly recommended and thanks again to Oisin.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 29, 2023
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Dublin, Ireland1,111 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
Follow the ease of COVID19 Lockdown this the first away from home experience.
For the time being the guided tours are not functioning but the management of Fanad Head Lighthouse allowed us to self explore their lighthouse museum. Quite interesting history and surroundings were able to capture due to the clear whether. Very beautiful place with easy access. I would highly recommend this place to visit.
Written July 30, 2020
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ashmonman
Monaghan, Ireland178 contributions
Jan 2022 • Family
Drove out when staying in letterkenny, the weather was great for the 90 minutes we were there.We called to the shop and were met by a very friendly lady and got tickets at 10 euro each that gives you a guided tour to the top of the lighthouse, you can purchase a 4 euro ticket that gets you on to the grounds and the base of the lighthouse. We met another friendly helpful girl in the first building inside the gate and then headed for tge tour. Our guide I think Kevin was his name took us on a very informative tour of the lighthouse, we finished up with coffee and buns bake in the shop, definitely a must if in Donegal
Written January 5, 2022
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Zulujasp
Westport, Ireland118 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
Highly recommend this place - we are doing the WAW and called in along the way.
Plenty of parking and you can get your entrance tickets from the little shop at the entrance. The shop is small but does great coffees (hot chocolate was very nice!) and has some quality souvenirs to take home.

On our way upto the lighthouse we met the very lovely and absolutely hilarious Teresa!.
She was a true pleasure to meet and talk to. We learnt some Irish and she told us facts about Fanad lighthouse as well as other lighthouses along the coast.

We reluctantly left Teresa and went into the lighthouse itself. It is well set out and has really nice displays of old radios, documents, records of past near misses and ship disasters. The story of Gold Bars destined for America and Canada - secretly hidden within another White Star ship that ultimately sunk and lost many lives was really sad but fascinating at the same time.. especially when it seems over 20 bars still in the ocean!
Lots to see inside as well as a walk to the top off the lighthouse.

If you are in the area - I would definitely recommend coming here.. the views are fantastic as are the staff!..

Thank you Teresa 'tChifidh me thu'..
Written May 4, 2022
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FH
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Sep 2022
We had a week in Dunree View, booked for 2020 then rescheduled twice because of covid. The admin staff were very helpful and responsive about the rescheduling. When we arrived, the staff we met were John, Kevin,Eoghan , all very friendly and helpful (also the ladies in the shop but we didn't get their names). The tour was brilliant (scary steps!!) .
Accommodation was great, very clean. To open the bedroom door and be looking out over the sea was fantastic. The bed was the most comfortable ever. The kitchen/living room was comfy and cosy and we thoroughly enjoyed our evenings there after being out by the sea all day. It's so peaceful - all you can hear is the roar of the sea.
If you're staying a week like we did, make sure to do a big shop - we flew into Derry on a Sunday afternoon and only just made it to Tesco as it was closing, so only had time to grab essentials, and the local shops are a drive away and very limited in what they sell.
There's a great walk over the hills from a lane opposite the pub - there are no signposts telling you there's a walk, it looks like you're walking into someone's farm!
The only things that could improve our stay was if the cafe did food, just basic e.g. soup for lunchtime.
Fantastic stay overall. Would give it more than 5 stars if I could!
Written September 19, 2022
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BGillman-202
Dublin, Ireland54 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
This is a simple little stop with great views of the surrounding cliffs and the light house. Well worth the 40 minutes to stop. It is pay to enter and get some pics from the lighthouse which I think is worth the entry fee.
Written August 16, 2020
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Annon
Coleraine, UK16 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
We were at the lighthouse today and bought a ticket to see around it. We were given two options to buy a ticket to see around it ourselves or do a guided tour. We were not interested in a tour so bought the cheaper tickets. We were not told that if you don’t have a guided tour you can’t go to the top and only told this information by the red haired useless tour guide who took the tour at 4.30 on Friday 19th August who has the personality of a wet sponge. He was most unhelpful and told us even if we had paid extra we couldn’t go because our son was too young. So we had to go back home with our son screaming his head off because he didn’t get up to the top. A heads up from the staff would have been nice so we could have explained to him beforehand.
Written August 19, 2022
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Thank you for visiting Fanad Lighthouse - it doesn't appear that you had a great experience! I do find it hard to believe that our staff in the Visitors Centre did not mention that as your son is under 1.2m tall, he would not be allowed to go to the top of the Lighthouse. This is something that is said repeatedly throughout the day and is also noted on our website. When the two options were given to you regarding the types of tours, it would have been made very clear that 'Self-guided' entitles you to visit the grounds and exhibition spaces only - again this is also noted on our website. I don't think that personal attacks against anyone, especially a loyal, much-valued and popular member of our staff helps advance the conversation. Thanks for your feedback - we will take it into consideration.
Written August 22, 2022
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Myles D
11 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
We were enchanted with our guided tour of this magnificent Lighthouse. Tour guide Eimear provided a most interesting narrative on the background of this 1817 structure. The weather was good on the day so the views were magnificent. Fanad Peninsula is most attractive!
Written October 21, 2022
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n0ggin
Aberdeen, UK53 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
Our guide was a young local who was full of interesting facts, information and anecdotes about life in the lighthouse old days and how it all integrates in todays hi tech world. He was just excellent. It’s a fair distance from anywhere to get there but we’ll worth the effort. Really good cafe as well. The last bit of acccess up to the light is steep and probably not for everyone
Written August 31, 2022
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Cathe M
Niagara Falls, Canada138 contributions
Jul 2022
A trip to Fanad Head Lighthouse should be on your bucket list the ability to be able to see the inside of a lighthouse with knowledgeable guides is to be recommended. The views from the lighthouse were spectacular. When we were leaving, we met with a family staying at the lighthouse for a week, maybe if we go back, we will stay here.
Written September 27, 2022
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Triggz
Antrim, UK21 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
Visited the lighthouse today, I have been a few times with friends on our motorbikes, beautiful roads up to the lighthouse but never had the pleasure of a tour.

Make sure and grab a coffee on the way to your tour. There are a few options, full guided or self tour, definitely worth the extra to go to the top.

The tour guide that took us was fantastic, I never got his name, red haired lad, very pleasant, very informative, and went above and beyond with his offers to help our group.

Make sure and take the time to read all the information on the ground floor, the history and stories are amazing. Then you get to see the lighthouse. You get to imagine all of the history as you climb the stairs. You can actually feel yourself step back in time.

My family thoroughly enjoyed our visit. A credit to the staff. Thank you for giving us this memory
Written August 25, 2022
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