Keep Her Lit...Weekend at Galley Head
The Galley Head Lighthouse near Clonakilty, Co. Cork, stands shining on a cliff top about 130 feet above sea level at the southern tip of the country. I spent last weekend there staying with friends in the two Lightkeeper's houses. It's truly a unique place to stay and the immense power of the Lighthouse hits you as you drive the windy roads up to the gate. Lying on the grass under the night sky you feel tiny and insignificant watching the five flashes every twenty seconds rotate around the sea - the unique character of Galley Head and navigational tool which meant that mariners could identify which Lighthouse they were sailing close to by counting the number of flashes per minute. Fascinating.
We arrived with cars full of food and drink for a weekend of misty cliff walks, jigsaws by an open fire, fry-ups for breakfast and hot whiskeys. Looking out the window at the Lighthouse surrounded by fog you just need Orinoco Flow playing on your phone to recreate an 80's music video. Emotional stuff.
If you're interested in staying in alternative properties around Ireland that are a part of history have a look at Irish Landmark Trust, you can stay in some fascinating places, from towers to schoolhouses and castles. As we were checking out Bobby Kerr arrived. He is the new Chairman of Great Lighthouses of Ireland and will be working to promote and attract visitors to Ireland's twelve lighthouses from Donegal to Cork. Like many others who visit Galley Head we're hoping it'll be an annual visit.