Fenit Lighthouse

Welcome to my blog post all about Fenit Lighthouse! If you’re a fan of picturesque lighthouses and breathtaking coastal views, then you’re in for a treat.

Fenit Lighthouse, located in County Kerry, is a true gem that offers an enchanting experience for visitors. In this post, I will delve into the history of this remarkable lighthouse, and provide you with essential tips for an amazing visit. So, let’s dive in.

The Enchanting Fenit Lighthouse

Fenit Lighthouse guarding ships from a massive rock
Fenit Lighthouse

Nestled on the stunning coastline, this lighthouse offers a magical experience like no other. Prepare to be captivated by its charm and awe-inspiring views.

Its towering structure has long stood as a beacon of hope for sailors, ensuring the safety of countless ships navigating through fog, storms, and treacherous currents in Tralee Bay.

Its strategic location has made it a crucial landmark, guiding vessels to their destinations with unwavering precision.

Experience the charm and beauty of Fenit Lighthouse

As you approach the lighthouse, you’ll instantly be drawn to its picturesque setting. Perched on the rugged rock, this beacon of light stands as a sentinel overlooking the vast expanse of the sea. The combination of its striking red and white exterior against the backdrop of the deep blue ocean creates a picturesque scene that will leave you spellbound.

Fenit Lighthouse

Discover the stunning views from Fenit Lighthouse

Once you step onto the rock, prepare to be amazed by the panoramic views it offers. Whether you’re a nature lover, an avid photographer, or simply seeking a moment of tranquility, the views from the lighthouse are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.

Unforgettable Tours of Fenit Lighthouse

Embark on a guided tour of the lighthouse and prepare to be captivated by its fascinating history and stunning architecture. Step inside this iconic structure and immerse yourself in the maritime heritage that the lighthouse holds.

Fenit Lighthouse guarding ships from a massive rock

Join the Harbour Office’s tour (+353 (0) 66 7136231), a 20-minute boat trip from Fenit Marina, with knowledgeable guides as they share captivating stories and anecdotes about the lighthouse’s past. Learn about the challenges faced by the lighthouse keepers and the importance of their role in guiding ships safely into port.

During the tour, you’ll have the opportunity to climb to the top of the lighthouse and witness breathtaking views of the surrounding coastline. The panoramic vistas stretch as far as the eye can see, showcasing the beauty and grandeur of Fenit.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to explore Fenit Lighthouse up close and personal. Before joining any tours, inquire if they include a visit to the lighthouse. Additionally, take into account that weather conditions may prevent them from going there.

Fenit Lighthouse guarding ships from a massive rock

Also, you have the option of not joining the tour that will enter the lighthouse. Some tour operators will simply leave you on the island without granting access to the protective walls and the actual lighthouse itself. Alternatively, you can choose a tour that takes you around the rock without setting foot on the island.

Unveiling the History of Fenit Lighthouse

Step back in time and explore the fascinating history of the Lighthouse. This iconic landmark has witnessed centuries of maritime activity and played a crucial role in guiding ships safely along the rugged coastline of Tralee Bay.

Construction began in 1848 & was completed in 1851. The station was manned by lightkeepers from 1854 to 1956. Although it became automated in 1954, a keeper continued to live there until 1956, after which the lighthouse was maintained from the mainland.

In 1854, the first light shone at Little Samphire Island Lighthouse, kerosene was the common fuel used for the lamps. However, by the 1860s, coal became widely adopted to power the lamps, and automation at the lighthouse was fueled by gas.

Fenit Lighthouse guarding ships from a massive rock

It wasn’t until the 1970s that electrification occurred through the use of a generator. By 2014, solar panels were installed for the electricity of the house, but a generator remains in operation to serve the plant room.

Interestingly, an electrical cable has never been connected to Little Samphire Island from the mainland.

Fenit Lighthouse

The lighthouse has withstood the test of time and stands as a testament to the skill and craftsmanship of its builders. Its majestic presence has served as a symbol of optimism for seafarers, guaranteeing the protection of numerous vessels maneuvering through storms, fog, and hazardous tides.

Immerse yourself in the rich history that surrounds this enchanting landmark and discover the incredible tales that have shaped it into the beacon it is today.

Kayaking and Snorkeling out to the lighthouse

Immerse yourself in an adventurous journey as you explore the waters surrounding the lighthouse through kayaking and snorkeling. This unique experience allows you to get up close and personal with one of Ireland’s iconic landmarks.

2 people wading of Fenit Lighthouse
2 people wading off Fenit Lighthouse

Grab your kayak and paddle your way towards the lighthouse, taking in the breathtaking coastal scenery along the way. It is 1 km from Fenit Beach to reach Little Samphire Rock.

If you are going snorkeling off Little Samphire Lighthouse please exercise caution as there are numerous sharp rocks present. It is advisable to venture out during a calm day, taking care to be mindful of the currents. It has to be done at the changing of high tide because there are really dangerous currents. This activity is suitable only for experienced swimmers.

Discover the vibrant marine life that inhabits this area, from colorful fish to fascinating underwater rock formations.

As you explore the underwater world near the Lighthouse, you’ll be captivated by the beauty and tranquility beneath the surface. Swim among shoals of fish and marvel at the natural wonders that lie beneath.

During my visit to the lighthouse, I encountered two snorkelers, one of whom had the incredible opportunity to get up close with a seal.

Essential Tips for an Amazing Visit to Fenit Lighthouse

When planning your visit to the Lighthouse, keep these essential tips in mind to make the most of your experience:

Dog taking a strolling around Fenit Lighthouse
The path leading to Fenit Lighthouse can be uneven
  1. Check the weather: It’s best to visit on a clear day to fully enjoy the stunning views from the top.
  2. Wear appropriate footwear: The path leading to Fenit Lighthouse can be uneven, so it’s important to wear sturdy and comfortable shoes.
  3. Bring a camera: Capture the beauty of Fenit Lighthouse and its surroundings by bringing a camera or smartphone with you.
  4. Respect the surroundings: While visiting Fenit Lighthouse, please respect the natural environment and the historic structure. Do not litter and be mindful of any signs or guidelines provided.
  5. Bring snacks and water: There are no food or drink facilities at Fenit Lighthouse.

When was Fenit Lighthouse built?

The construction of Fenit Lighthouse dates back to 1851. The lighthouse was designed by renowned engineer George Halpin and stands as a testament to his remarkable engineering skills.

Can you walk around the walls of Fenit Lighthouse?

No, you can’t under any circumstances walk around the rock. You will fall and hurt yourself and I think when I was there there were signs erected by Kerry County Council.

Is Fenit Lighthouse manned now?

No, Fenit Lighthouse is no longer manned.

How much did Kerry County Council pay for Fenit Lighthouse?

They paid €1 but they have to maintain it.

How far is Tralee to Fenit?

Tralee is 12 km by taking R558.


Visiting Fenit Lighthouse is a truly enchanting experience that offers breathtaking views and a glimpse into its fascinating history.

From guided tours that unveil the secrets of this maritime marvel to exploring the surrounding waters through kayaking and snorkeling, there is something for everyone at Fenit Lighthouse.

Whether you are planning a visit or simply curious about its construction and current operation, the lighthouse is sure to leave you in awe.

So, don’t miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in the charm and beauty of the lighthouse and create memories that will last a lifetime.