Fanad Lighthouse is a distinctive landmark of the area and is one of the key discovery points along the driving route the Wild Atlantic Way.
The lighthouse was built by George Haplin in response to the sinking of the frigate Saldannah in Lough Swilly in 1812. It was first lit on March 17, 1817. The last principal keeper of the lighthouse retired in 1983.
Today it serves as a helicopter base for the service and maintenance of all lighthouses along the northern coast.
Fanad Lighthouse was recently voted to be the second most beautiful lighthouse in the world by readers of the American magazine ‘Mental Floss’ .
Views over to the Inishowen Peninsula and out to the Atlantic are stunning on a clear day and Fanad Lighthouse is the ideal place to head for if you are chasing the Northern Lights.
Fanad Lighthouse opened to the public in 2016. Guided tours with local tour guides are available. There are three self catering apartments available to rent year round. The visitor center offers information, refreshments and local arts and crafts for sale. Find out more at the Fanad Lighthouse website.