A blog about Irish Lighthouses past and present and other selected maritime beacons and buoys of interest
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Blackhead Lighthouse, Whitehead
My daughter, Louise, had to attend a conference in Belfast today, so I very magnanimously offered to drive her up there. Basically I had six hours before I picked her up again, so I headed north on the A2 to the lovely peninsular of Islandmagee.
Blackhead Lighthouse (be careful, there is another Blackhead Light in co Clare) sits high on a cliff at the north end of Whitehead Bay. It can be reached from two ways - a spectacular beach walk from the town of Whitehead (from which I am assured the views of the light are spectacular) or the more lazy drive up McCrae's Brae and along the contours of Muldersleigh Hill. The lighthouse is right at the end of the road but you might want to park up just before you hit the first corner, as turning places are scarce.
Blackhead Light was only completed in 1902, having been designed by William Douglass, Engineer to the Commissioner of Irish Lights. The octagonal tower was originally painted red, but this was changed to white in 1929. The adjoining cottages are apparently available to rent out.