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Fanad Head Lighthouse – Donegal

Fanad Head Lighthouse

Dear fellow photographers, this week exploration of Irish best photographic spots brings us straight to the North, in Donegal, where one of the most beautiful lighthouses of the world stands. The Fanad Head Lighthouse marks the entrance into Lough Swilly, one of the very few Irish glacial fjords, and was built in 1812 following the shipwreck of a British Royal Navy frigate. Only one man made it to the shore alive, but he died soon after leaving no survivors out of the more than 250 members of the crew.

Now it is one of the 70 operating lighthouses illuminating the coast of Ireland, and a great subject for any lover of landscape photography.

Location: Fanad Head lighthouse, Co. Donegal, Ireland.

What to shoot: The operating lighthouse adds an interesting element to an already gorgeous coast.

Ideal time to shoot: This spot can be photographed at any time of the day and night. The first light of the day at sunrise can be easily captured just behind the lighthouse tower during summer. It is a great spot for night photography both for stars lover and northern lights seeker (with a bit of luck).

Gear: Wide angles to Standard zooms.

Coordinates: 55.276048, -7.632306

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