Galley Head near Roscarbery in County Cork is home to Galley Head Lighthouse which stands over 100 metres above the Atlantic ocean, and is separated from the mainland by an old Norman wall. The lighthouse was built in 1875 and in conjunction with it’s nearest neighbouring lighthouses at Old Head of Kinsale and Fastnet carries out an important function in guiding shipping along these coasts. It, along with the Fastnet lighthouse are two of the most powerful lighthouses in Europe.
The light from Galley Head lighthouse is unusual in that it also arcs landward because, it is believed, the Sultan of Turkey, who was visiting nearby Castle Freke at Rosscarbery wanted to see the light.
There are no public tours of the lighthouse but it is open during Heritage Week each year in late August. However, it is possible to stay in one of two restored lightkeepers cottages.