I don’t know about you, but I love lighthouses.
Sometimes, I think I subconsciously seek them out when traveling (having a preference for visiting seaside destinations helps with this mission). They make for great photographs and often, the history behind them can be endlessly fascinating.
Some were once defense forts. Others have had locals rally together, to preserve or save them.
Some are reputed to be haunted, and others have even sadder associations.
Either way, most of them have some story to tell. Here are some of the world’s cutest and most interesting lighthouses.
Tacking Point Lighthouse in New South Wales, Australia
Australia has roughly 10,000 beaches, which makes way for a lot of coastline, which in turn leads to an abundance of lighthouses. So, it’s hard to narrow the nicest one down, but someone has to do it.
A high contender at least is Tacking Point Lighthouse in the coastal town of Port Macquarie in NSW.
It’s Australia’s third oldest lighthouse, designed by James Barnet in the late 1800s. He was responsible for five lighthouses around NSW, four of which still exist and two which I’ve seen in the flesh. They are delightfully cute.
The second goes to the provincial town of Goulburn in NSW, whose War Memorial has a circling spotlight.
Many visitors to the town wonder why there is a “lighthouse” 100km from the sea. As Goulburnians like to quip, it’s Australia’s most successful lighthouse, with not one boating accident… ever.
Beachy Head Lighthouse in the UK
Beachy Head is one of Britain’s most iconic lighthouses, for many reasons.
It has appeared in a Bond film and many TV shows and is as famous for its notoriety as it is for its beauty.
It sits in front of the highest chalk sea cliff in Britain, making it sadly, one of the most infamous suicide spots in the world.
Regardless, it is an iconic lighthouse and a popular tourist attraction within Britain.
Faro Castillo del Morro in Cuba
This lighthouse sits at the entrance of Havana Bay in Cuba.
Behind the lighthouse is Morro Castle, Havana’s own fortress. The fortress has seen some wild times.
It was originally under the control of Spain, then captured by the British in 1762. It was then returned to the Spanish under treaty terms a year later.
The fortress now exists as an exhibition on the lighthouses of Cuba. The fort also offers beautiful views of Cuba’s capital city.
Portland Head Light in Maine, USA
Portland Head Light is the oldest lighthouse in the state of Maine, with construction completed in 1791. It’s now the most photographed lighthouse in America and it’s pretty easy to see why.
The lighthouse is situated along the shores of Fort Williams Park, popular for cliff walks and picnics.
I feel the need to mention Ledge Lighthouse in New London, Connecticut. Not only is it architecturally beautiful, but it’s possibly haunted by a past keeper named Ernie, who is said to be responsible for various mishaps that are associated with the lighthouse.
Essentially Anywhere in the Faroe Islands
I was absolutely blown away by the natural beauty of the Faroe Islands when I visited in 2016 and even more immediately excited by the presence of tiny, little lighthouses everywhere that I turned.
Perhaps the most famous is Skansin, which is located in the capital of Tórshavn. It’s worth walking out the lighthouse grounds, for a beautiful view of the town’s port.
If you go hiking or driving around the islands, you will see many others which will make you squeal with their cuteness.
You will take lots of photos of these lighthouses and on your return hope, will decide that it is simply too hard to pick a winner. They’re all pretty amazing.
What are you favorite lighthouses around the world and why?