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Ferry Tours

Fastnet Rock Lighthouse Tours

Take a ferry to Ireland’s Teardrop

Fastnet Rock Tours

The Fastnet Rock Lighthouse is the tallest and widest Rock lighthouse ever constructed in Ireland and the UK.

The 54-metre iconic lighthouse was known as Ireland’s Teardrop as it was the last structure seen by Irish emigrants aboard ships travelling to the United States.

Tours start from late April- October from Baltimore and June-August from Schull.
Day tour to Fastnet Rock includes 2-3 hr stop on Cape Clear Island. Twilight tours and Direct Fastnet tours. 

Fastnet Rock is the most southerly point of Ireland, lying 6.5km southwest of Cape Clear Island.

Construction of the first lighthouse on Fastnet Rock – originally made of cast iron — started in 1853 and first produced light on the first day of 1854.

It replaced an earlier lighthouse that had been built on Cape Clear in 1818. Following a shipwreck that lost the lives of 92 people, it was decided to move the lighthouse. Those making the decision looked out from the original lighthouse and saw Fastnet Rock and the decision was made to build the new lighthouse there.

In 1891, a second replacement lighthouse was erected on Fastnet – as the light from the old one was not sufficiently powerful — and was made from brick. The lower portion of the first lighthouse is still visible to this day.

Fastnet Rock – or simply Fastnet – is known as An Carraig Aonair (lonely rock) in Irish –and is a small clay-slate islet which rises to around 30 metres above the low water mark. It is separated from the much smaller Little Fastnet by a 10-metre wide channel.

Cape Clear Ferries runs daily tours out and around the Fastnet Rock from Baltimore or Schull via Cape Clear. Fastnet Tours were featured in National Geographic’s “The Best of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way”.

What's included in the Day tour

The Fastnet Rock Tour Day Tour

The Fastnet Rock Tour Day tour first stops on the beautiful Cape Clear Island for around two to three hours before heading out to Fastnet Rock Lighthouse itself.

From Baltimore or Schull, you cross the impressive Roaringwater Bay and meander through Carbery’s Hundred Isles, some of which are habited, towards Cape Clear Island, known as the Queen of Carbery’s Hundred Isles as it is the largest.

On Ireland’s most southerly island – which is one of the few Irish-speaking islands in Ireland — you will get to experience the Fastnet Exhibition and multimedia display in the Cape Clear & Fastnet Rock Heritage Centre as well as the Fastnet Rock Memorials on Cape Clear island.

You will also get a stunning view of the Fastnet Rock from the island itself before the boat ventures further out into the wild Atlantic to round the Fastnet Rock Lighthouse, where travellers can often expect to see pods of whales, dolphins and other marine life.

You will also get the stunning view of the Fastnet Rock from the island itself before the boat ventures further out into the wild Atlantic to round the Fastnet Rock Lighthouse, where travellers can often expect to see pods of whales, dolphins and other marine life.

The boat circumnavigates the rock at close quarters, giving superb views and excellent photo opportunities before returning to the mainland.

The Fastnet Day Tour
Tickets cost €44 or €95 for a family of two adults and two children.

Please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to departure 

Departs Baltimore at 10.45am – Returns at 5.00pm

Departs Schull at 11.30am – Returns at 5.00pm 

What's included in the tour

The Fastnet Rock Twilight Tour

The Fastnet Rock Sunset/Twilight Tour offers passengers an amazing opportunity to see the lighthouse as the sun goes down behind its towering bulk. We set sail from Baltimore at 6pm during June and at 7pm during July and August and circle the rock at sunset in what is a rare and memorable experience.

The Fastnet Rock Twilight Tour
Tickets cost €44 or €95  for a family of two adults and two children.

Why not Depart Baltimore during July & August on an earlier sailing at 5 pm and explore Cape Clear Island first and then re-join the Twilight Tour at around 7.45 pm from Cape Clear Island. 

What's included in the tour

The Fastnet Rock Direct Tour

The Fastnet Rock Direct Tour takes up to three and a half hours, departing from Baltimore or Schull going direct to the Fastnet Rock Lighthouse. The boat circles the lighthouse at close quarters to give you the best view of the iconic lighthouse as well as the perfect photo opportunity.

The Fastnet Rock Direct Tour
Tickets cost €50 per person.