Fanad Head Lighthouse
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!
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Patrick D
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 21 July 2023
  • Eros
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom1,430 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 August 2023
  • Time2judge
    Drogheda, Ireland245 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 September 2023
  • IrelandIrishcailini
    Dublin, Ireland87 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 October 2023
  • colmk89
    Ireland16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 November 2023
  • Della Thurgood
    Nottingham, United Kingdom29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fanad Lighthouse Experience
    What a wonderful place to visit and stay. The accommodation was beautifully decorated; clean, cosy, warm and really comfortable. The tour guide, John, was amazing with his wealth of knowledge, with stories and facts about the lighthouse and former lighthouse keepers. 5 star experience, exactly the same number of flashes which identifies Fanad Lighthouse. Whether you are staying or just visiting, you will not be disappointed. We were so lucky to stay, we absolutely loved it. What a wonderful experience.
    Thank you so much for staying here at Fanad Lighthouse and for your brilliant review! We think John is amazing too - as are all of our guides! Please come back and see us again
    Written 21 March 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 21 January 2024
  • Pauge M
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stay at the Lighthouse! Awesome!
    We stayed in one of the three cottages at the lighthouse at the weekend. (Inishtrahull). The cottage was amazing! Warm, cosy, clean and beautifully furnished. Really comfortable stay. The kitchen is well equipped. Incredibly special experience to look out your bedroom window at the light from the tower, or out the sitting room windows across to Lough Swilly. Views are stunning from every window. . The wind howling outside, but warm and toasty inside. A truly unique experience. The Handmade Soap Company toiletries are a luxury. Lovely hot chocolates from the crew in the coffee shop on site. We got our tour from John, a true gent and a great tour. Really took his time to explain the history, the mechanics and loads of great old stories from this magical place. A natural and a true asset to the place and to our stay. Is it worth it? Every cent. Life is about experiences and this is one that should be on everyone's bucket list. Thanks guys for a very special stay.
    Thank you for your wonderful review of the accommodation at Fanad Lighthouse, we are delighted that you enjoyed it so much. You are very welcome back again!
    Written 21 March 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 January 2024
  • mariaB76
    50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning views and brilliant staff
    We arrived around 11:30am and went into the tea shop/gift shop to purchase tickets. The lady there could not have been more friendly or helpful. The 2 options for viewing the lighthouse were explained clearly so we knew exactly what to except. The tour starts with a VR presentation of the shipwreck that resulted in the lighthouse being built - this was our first VR experience and we were amazed by the realism. Outside was a little hut (Eist) with seats to sit and listen to some singing and stories. There are 2 exhibits in the base of the lighthouse with a short film presentation also. Our tour guide was Owen and he was fantastic from start to finish. He was so knowledgable, answering all questions with ease and holding the interest of adults and kids alike. His pride in the heritage and history of the area were obvious and he conveyed that with wit and respect. A few of our group weren’t great with heights but we were never made to feel that we needed to hurry, in fact we were encouraged to only do the climb at our speed. The views from the top are amazing even on a dull spring day - well worth the climb. We ended the tour back in the gift shop and had a great recommendation from the lady there about where we should go next (Pollen Sea Arch) We have visited many attractions throughout Ireland and by far this is the best in terms of how it’s been thought out and how it’s presented. The lighthouse is fantastic but the staff here are the stars of the show.
    Paul, a chara Thank you for visiting Fanad Lighthouse and for your wonderful review!
    Written 21 March 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 March 2024
  • b1855
    Kilkenny, Ireland18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Fanad Christmas present
    This was our 1st stay at keeper cottage. We are on mission to find all 70 of our Irish lighthouses. So far 45 clocked up ! The cottage was simply furnished, spacious and bed cosy. We made ourselves at home easily. John included us on morning tour of the Lighthouse. He was wonderfully informed and funny too. Thank you John Yvonne at the Fanad shop was a joy to chat to. Such a lovely lady . Morning and night walks seeing Tory and Dunree lighthouses lights at night The pictures don't do justice all we saw and experienced. Rugged landscapes and chatty neighbourhood farmers.
    Thank you for staying with us at Fanad Lighthouse. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and the tour. John and Yvonne really are great characters - we are lucky to have them! Please come back and see us again soon.
    Written 15 May 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 May 2024
  • Steven P
    Ballyshannon, Ireland25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cosy, personal and unforgettable experience
    We went to celebrate our anniversary and had a lovely time. We were perhaps a little lucky with the weather and were able to explore all around in the sun, in April! At night looking out for the other lighthouses was also great. Well equipped self-catering facilities, only slight disappointment was that the nearby Lighthouse Tavern wasn't open until Summer.
    Thank you for staying with at Fanad Lighthouse. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and hope to meet you here again in the future.
    Written 15 May 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 May 2024
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Ruth C
43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Visiting the area and wanted to always visit the light house.Purchased tickets from cafe that is only a small walk from lighthouse entrance.Our tour guide John was friendly , insightful and easy to listen to.The tour is great and I believe value for money. It is definitely worth a visit for the Scenery alone.Visited the cafe and gift shop after for the obligatory holiday souvenir!!
Written 27 May 2024
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Ruth, a chara Thank you for visiting Fanad Lighthouse and taking the tour of the tower. we are delighted that you enjoyed it so much! We very much look forward to meeting you here again soon
Written 30 May 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Greens Houseplants
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We booked onto the lighthouse tour and were not disappointed. I was nervous about the stairs but they were fine! The tour was very informative and the views were great!
Written 23 May 2024
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Thank you for visiting Fanad Lighthouse and for your kind words about our tour. We hope to meet you here again soon
Written 30 May 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Steven P
Ballyshannon, Ireland25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We went to celebrate our anniversary and had a lovely time. We were perhaps a little lucky with the weather and were able to explore all around in the sun, in April! At night looking out for the other lighthouses was also great. Well equipped self-catering facilities, only slight disappointment was that the nearby Lighthouse Tavern wasn't open until Summer.
Written 15 May 2024
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Thank you for staying with at Fanad Lighthouse. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and hope to meet you here again in the future.
Written 15 May 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

b1855
Kilkenny, Ireland18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This was our 1st stay at keeper cottage. We are on mission to find all 70 of our Irish lighthouses. So far 45 clocked up !
The cottage was simply furnished, spacious and bed cosy. We made ourselves at home easily. John included us on morning tour of the Lighthouse. He was wonderfully informed and funny too. Thank you John
Yvonne at the Fanad shop was a joy to chat to. Such a lovely lady .
Morning and night walks seeing Tory and Dunree lighthouses lights at night
The pictures don't do justice all we saw and experienced.
Rugged landscapes and chatty neighbourhood farmers.
Written 12 May 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you for staying with us at Fanad Lighthouse. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and the tour. John and Yvonne really are great characters - we are lucky to have them! Please come back and see us again soon.
Written 15 May 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

mariaB76
Derry50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We arrived around 11:30am and went into the tea shop/gift shop to purchase tickets. The lady there could not have been more friendly or helpful. The 2 options for viewing the lighthouse were explained clearly so we knew exactly what to except. The tour starts with a VR presentation of the shipwreck that resulted in the lighthouse being built - this was our first VR experience and we were amazed by the realism. Outside was a little hut (Eist) with seats to sit and listen to some singing and stories. There are 2 exhibits in the base of the lighthouse with a short film presentation also. Our tour guide was Owen and he was fantastic from start to finish. He was so knowledgable, answering all questions with ease and holding the interest of adults and kids alike. His pride in the heritage and history of the area were obvious and he conveyed that with wit and respect.
A few of our group weren’t great with heights but we were never made to feel that we needed to hurry, in fact we were encouraged to only do the climb at our speed.
The views from the top are amazing even on a dull spring day - well worth the climb. We ended the tour back in the gift shop and had a great recommendation from the lady there about where we should go next (Pollen Sea Arch)
We have visited many attractions throughout Ireland and by far this is the best in terms of how it’s been thought out and how it’s presented. The lighthouse is fantastic but the staff here are the stars of the show.
Written 9 March 2024
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Paul, a chara Thank you for visiting Fanad Lighthouse and for your wonderful review!
Written 21 March 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Cristín R
Budapest, Hungary7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Would definitely recommend coming here and taking the tour. It was really interesting and the scenery is stunning. The VR experience was a fun addition too.
Our guide Eoghan was really informative and spent a lot of time explaining everything and answering our questions! The staff in the cafe/ticket office were all super nice too!!
Written 9 February 2024
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Thank you so much for visiting Fanad Lighthouse and for your wonderful review!
Written 21 March 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Pauge M
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We stayed in one of the three cottages at the lighthouse at the weekend. (Inishtrahull). The cottage was amazing! Warm, cosy, clean and beautifully furnished. Really comfortable stay. The kitchen is well equipped. Incredibly special experience to look out your bedroom window at the light from the tower, or out the sitting room windows across to Lough Swilly. Views are stunning from every window. . The wind howling outside, but warm and toasty inside. A truly unique experience. The Handmade Soap Company toiletries are a luxury. Lovely hot chocolates from the crew in the coffee shop on site. We got our tour from John, a true gent and a great tour. Really took his time to explain the history, the mechanics and loads of great old stories from this magical place. A natural and a true asset to the place and to our stay. Is it worth it? Every cent. Life is about experiences and this is one that should be on everyone's bucket list. Thanks guys for a very special stay.
Written 21 January 2024
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Thank you for your wonderful review of the accommodation at Fanad Lighthouse, we are delighted that you enjoyed it so much. You are very welcome back again!
Written 21 March 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Della Thurgood
Nottingham, UK29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
What a wonderful place to visit and stay. The accommodation was beautifully decorated; clean, cosy, warm and really comfortable. The tour guide, John, was amazing with his wealth of knowledge, with stories and facts about the lighthouse and former lighthouse keepers. 5 star experience, exactly the same number of flashes which identifies Fanad Lighthouse. Whether you are staying or just visiting, you will not be disappointed. We were so lucky to stay, we absolutely loved it. What a wonderful experience.
Written 21 January 2024
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Thank you so much for staying here at Fanad Lighthouse and for your brilliant review! We think John is amazing too - as are all of our guides! Please come back and see us again
Written 21 March 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Suzie P
26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We really enjoyed the tour of Fanad Head Lighthouse. Sons (age 12 and 7), both kept entertained. Nice staff, great location, very interesting. Highly recommend.
Written 9 January 2024
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Suzie, a chara Thank you for your brilliant review. We hope to meet you here again.
Written 21 March 2024
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

colmk89
Ireland16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
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.
Written 29 November 2023
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