Shine a Light Festival

Kick start the Summer at the Great Lighthouses of Ireland May Bank Holiday Festival. Meet our Lighthouse StoryKeepers, enjoy all things maritime from crafts, technology, food and hear tall tales of hero feats around our coast, a weekend of discovery, stories and thrills await!

Starts: 29 Apr 2017

Ends: 01 May 2017

Area: Rathlin Island and Fanad Peninsula

Venue Town: Various

Region: North West Ireland

The Shine a Light Festival includes many lighthouses but in the MalinWaters, Rathlin West Lighthouse and Fanad Head Lighthouse take center stage.

Take the Rathlin Island ferry and go to the West Light ‘upside-down’ lighthouse in Co. Antrim to meet the 125 resident seabirds. Welcome back the puffins and the tens of thousands of visiting birds like kittiwakes and razorbills nesting around the cliffs. With lots of family fun activities planned, an unforgettable trip is on the cards.

Capture the best memories on lighthouse photography tours at Fanad Lighthouse Donegal, voted one of the most beautiful lighthouses in world. 

Coastal partners and organisations such as Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) Coastguard and others will be onsite for demonstrations and talks in many of the locations Get tips on being safe and enjoying our coast this summer, explore our towers, discover their hidden secrets and much more.

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