Wicklow Head Lighthouse

After realising that I was never going to get reflections at Glendalough I decided to dedicate my final sunrise to the gorgeous Wicklow Head Lighthouse.

Wicklow Head Lighthouse

Having seen photographs of this location before I knew I would need some cloud in the sky to populate the negative space in the scene. Luckily for me, Thursday morning’s forecast showed just that!

Getting to this place is an absolute breeze. Shortly after leaving Wicklow town you will be directed down a small lane that looks like private property, but don’t be fooled! This lane will take you right up to the lighthouses.

Yes, you heard that right — lighthouses! Here you will find:

  • The ‘Rear Lighthouse’ which was built in the 18th century and now functions as a holiday residence for tourists.

  • The ‘Front Lighthouse’ which was a rebuild in the early 19th century and is no longer active

  • The ‘Active Lighthouse’ (pictured below) which was built in the 19th century and is still under operation by the Commissioners of Irish Lights.

According to the owner of my Airbnb, Wicklow Head has the second strongest current in Europe; which certainly explains the need for a lighthouse!