While most of us view lighthouses as eerie, there is definitely something surreal and romantic about these solitary, timeless sentinels that have guided countless ships safely to shore, time and again. Though most of these lighthouses have been reduced to meaningless landmarks owing to the advent of modern navigational devices, no amount of technology can snatch away the simplicity and charm of these beautiful, solitary custodians. Offering you a throwback from the past, here are 10 breathtakingly beautiful lighthouses from around the world that are just too stunning to be missed out on.
South Stack Lighthouse, Wales
Located towards the northwest of Holyhead, Anglesey Island, Wales; the South Stack Lighthouse is not only famous for its impeccably scenic settings, but, according to BBC, it is also one of Britain’s “spookiest” buildings! This lighthouse first opened in 1809, is said to be haunted by the ghost of Jack Jones, the lighthouse keeper who died due to injuries sustained from a storm that that hit Anglesey coast in 1853.
Portland Head Light, Maine
Perched along the jagged shoreline of Fort Williams Park, Portland Head Light is the oldest lighthouse of Maine, dating back to 1791! Standing the test of time, this lighthouse has remained intact so far, apart from it whistle House, which had to be rebuilt in 1975, following storm damages. The lighthouse also features a museum, which is housed inside the former Keepers’ quarters.
Fanad Head Lighthouse, Ireland
Voted as one of the most beautiful lighthouses on the planet, Ireland’s Fanad Head Lighthouse stands pretty between the serene Lough Swilly (one of Ireland’s glacial fjords) and Mulroy Bay. The shipwreck of HMS Saldanha on the waters of Lough Swilly in 1812, called for the construction of a lighthouse on Fanad Head, which was ultimately built and first lit in 1817.
Peggys Point Lighthouse, Nova Scotia, Canada
Hands down, one of the most recognisable lighthouses of the country, the Peggys Cove Lighthouse (or Peggys Point) is one of the most coveted tourist attractions of Canada. First lit in 1915, this hexagonal white and red lighthouse is perched on top of granite boulder, and gives spectacular views of the silken sea.
Cape Neddick Lighthouse, Maine
Also known as Nubble Light, or simply The Nubble, Cape Neddick Lighthouse stands on Neddick Island, towards the southern end of Maine. This lighthouse was constructed in 1879, and though it is not accessible to general public, the nearby Sohier Park offers a telescope to view the lighthouse. Accompanied by a tiny red cottage in front of it, Cape Neddick Lighthouse is one of the cutest lighthouses you’ll ever lay your eyes on.
Neist Point Lighthouse, Isle of Skye
Situated atop the edge of the rugged cliffs on the Isle of Skye, Scotland, the Neist Point Lighthouse is one place where you can conjure some of the best views in Scotland. No matter what side you turn, you will be entranced by spectacular views of the rocks, the green grass and the open blue seas. In operation since 1909, Neist Point Lighthouse is also a perfect place to spot whales, dolphins, and numerous sea birds.
Cape Byron Bay Lighthouse, New South Wales, Australia
Sitting on the most easterly point of Australia, the Cape Byron Bay Lighthouse is an active lighthouse that shines gracefully over the shimmering Byron Bay. Built in 1909, the lighthouse offers strikingly marvellous views of the ocean and the hinterland on the entire coast, not to mention, the regular sightings of dolphins, turtles, and humpback whales. What’s more, 1901 heritage lighthouse cottages are available for rent – an ideal way to create some everlasting views and memories.
Tower or Hercules, Spain
You know a lighthouse is worth visiting when it is the oldest lighthouse in the world! Located in Northwest Spain, outside the city of Coruna, the Tower of Hercules was constructed by the Romans sometime during the second century, which makes it almost 2,000 years old! Still functioning, this lighthouse remains a sentinel from the past, mesmerising tourists with its timeless, Greco-Roman façade.
Beachy Head Lighthouse, England
Nestled along England’s southern coast, south of London, the Beachy Head cliffs are actually home to two lighthouses – the Belle Toute Lighthouse, which is on top of the headland, and the Beachy Head Lighthouse, a ‘new’ lighthouse which was later built (in 1902) at the base of the cliffs, in the sea, since the Belle Toute lighthouse was often obscured by clouds and fog. Magical, surreal, wild, and insanely breath-taking – these are a few words that sum up the collective beauty of the Beachy Head Cliff lighthouses.
Vizhinjam Lighthouse, Kerala, India
Overlooking one of the most stunning beaches of Kerala, in southern India, the Vizhinjam lighthouse majestically juts out from rocky outcrop of Kerala’s shores, near the famous Kovalam beach. Painted typically red and white, this scenic lighthouse offers spellbinding views of the ocean from the top. Surrounded by swaying palms, crashing waves, jagged rocks, and sun-kissed sands, this stunning lighthouse is definitely amongst the most picturesque ones.