Great Lighthouse of Ireland

Blacksod Lighthouse is part of the navigation network of Irish Lights and a proud member of ‘Great Lighthouses of Ireland’, an innovative tourism initiative developed by the Commissioners of Irish Lights to open these remarkable buildings around the Irish coast to the public and breathe new life into their communities


Each one has amazing stories and a unique identity, and, as a collective, they offer unparalled visitor experiences in some of the most beautiful parts of Ireland.

The Great Lighthouses of Ireland project is supported by the European Union’s INTERREG IVA cross-border Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

All of these great lighthouses are open to the public for tours or accommodation. Why not make it your mission to visit all of the lighthouses on the Great Lighthouses of Ireland trail!

Commissioners of Irish Lights

The mission of Irish Lights is Safe Navigation at Sea. Irish Lights is responsible for Maritime Aids to Navigation under the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention and in that context deliver an essential 24/7 safety and navigation service around the coast of Ireland (North and South), 365 days a year.

Our vision is to protect lives, property, trade and the environment by delivering next generation maritime services at the interface of navigation technology, engineering and data management.  Our remit includes the provision and maintenance of over 340 general aids to navigation, the superintendence of approx. 3,200 local aids to navigation, and marking or removing dangerous wrecks outside harbour areas around Ireland.

Our strategy Sea Seas-Connected Coasts sets out how Irish Lights is leading on the delivery of a modern, reliable and efficient navigation safety service for the benefit of all stakeholders around the island of Ireland, a service it has been providing for over 200 years.

We play an active role in safe guarding the past in our stewardship of the unique set of maritime heritage assets we own, which have a significant value and potential in the development of tourism, education, research and community based initiatives.

Emergency Response: For aids to navigation contact our 24-hour emergency response number on 01-2801996

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