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Salmon, Mead, and Sunsets at Ireland’s Oldest Working Lighthouse

Sunset Over Hook Head, Co. Wexford. (Photo: Colin Shanahan)

By Irish America Staff
August / September 2017

Hook Lighthouse, located on the Hook Head peninsula in County Waterford, has expanded its tourism offerings this year by introducing sunset tours to capitalize on the vast seascapes and glorious colors of the Irish Sea.

“Watching the sun go down at the tip of the Hook Peninsula is a memorable experience. The lighthouse watch-room offers spectacular panoramic views underneath unpolluted dark skies with just the sea as it’s mirror and the lighthouse beacon casting its presence,” lighthouse manager Ann Waters says.

Tours culminate with the spectacular panoramic views of the rolling seas stretching out while visitors savor Irish mead, prosecco, fresh tea and coffee, along with Ballyhack smokehouse smoked salmon on homemade brown bread, a selection of homemade canapés and homemade mini desserts while visitors enjoy the stunning sunset from the lighthouse watch room and balcony.

The lighthouse was first opened as a tourist attraction in 2001 and is the world’s second oldest operating lighthouse after the Tower of Hercules, a second-century Roman lighthouse in northwest Spain. Marking the eastern entrance of Waterford Harbor, Hook Lighthouse was built at least 800 years ago by William Marshall, Earl of Pembroke, Strongbow’s son-in-law, and is one of the most significant examples of medieval Irish architecture still in use. ♦

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For more information visit hookheritage.ie.

 

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