Fanad Head Lighthouse, Donegal, Ireland
Fanad Head Lighthouse,
Photograph by Aidan Monaghan
Latitude 55°16.575' North
Longitude 007°37.921' West
Character Fl (5) WR 20s.
Sectors R100°-110° (10°), W110°-313° (203°), R313°-345° (32°), W345°-100° (115°)
Light Range 18 nautical miles, 14 nautical miles
Height of Tower 22 metres
Height of Light above MHWS 39 metres
This light is classified as a sea light as distinct from a harbour light although it does mark the entrance into Lough Swilly which forms a natural harbour of refuge.
Fanad Head Lighthouse sits on the edge of a peninsula that lies between Lough Swilly and Murloy Bay on the north coast of County Donegal. The lighthouse first lit in 1817 looks out across the Atlantic Ocean and marks the entrance into Lough Swilly which forms a natural harbour refuge.
The photograph was taken just as the sun set with the sea in full swell and strong gale force winds. I specifically waited for such conditions as I wanted to capture the dramatic motion and violent, relentless beauty of this very exposed part of the Donegal coastline.
- Aidan Monaghan
- Image Size
- 3500x2332 / 1.0MB
- Contained in galleries