Blacksod Lighthouse

Blacksod Lighthouse stands steadfast on Blacksod Pier, and since 1866 it has served the Erris community in numerous ways. A post office once operated from behind the green shutters making it an important community hub and place for people to meet and do business.

An Important Community Hub

From the early 1940s Blacksod was used as a weather station, measuring atmospheric conditions and making regular reports to faraway forecasting facilities in Britain and the USA. Including one most famous report made by Maureen Sweeney, prior to the D Day landings in WW2, which influenced US President Eisenhower and changed the course of history forever…

In its current use as a Forward Refuelling Station, Blacksod continues to serve the community, acting as a base for search and rescue operations. The helipad allows for swift evacuation in emergencies. Since May 2021, the lighthouse has been opened to the public for the first time. We offer daily guided tours of this iconic building, exploring the rich history of the area and telling Blacksod’s story through artefacts and archives.

History Brought to Life

A visit to Blacksod Lighthouse is not just for the historian. With stories suitable for all ages, enthralling tales of adventure and excitement and an insight into a day in the life of a lighthouse keeper, there really is something for everyone. Our trained guides will illuminate the lighthouse story and bring its history to life. Take a tour and you may be surprised to learn how Blacksod Lighthouse and this remote corner of the West of Ireland played its part on the global stage!
Blacksod Lighthouse

Immerse yourself in history on a guided tour of Blacksod Lighthouse!

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