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The World’s Most Interesting Lighthouses

Lighthouses are iconic for a reason - sometimes for their looks, other times for their history. Here some of the most interesting lighthouses in the world.
Tacking Point Lighthouse in Port Macquarie, Australia (Credit: Wiki Commons)

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, leading 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 I've seen in the flesh. They are delightfully cute.

I must make two honorable mentions. One goes to Split Point Lighthouse in Aireys Inlet, Victoria, which was the setting for the popular kid's show Round the Twist in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

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 East Sussex, England (Credit: Petr Kratochvil)
Beachy Head Lighthouse in East Sussex, England (Credit: Petr Kratochvil)

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 Havana, Cuba
Faro Castillo del Morro in Havana, Cuba 

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 Cape Elizabeth, Maine (Credit: Wiki Commons)
Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth, Maine (Credit: Wiki Commons)

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.

Borðan Lighthouse in the Faroe Islands (Credit: Wiki Commons)
Borðan Lighthouse in the Faroe Islands (Credit: Wiki Commons)

Essentially Anywhere in the Faroe Islands

I was absolutely blown away by the Faroe Islands' natural beauty 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, making 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.

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Naomi

Thursday 20th of April 2017

I also love lighthouses and these are quite interesting. Borðan Lighthouse is especially amazing. Thank you for this list.

jerry

Tuesday 11th of April 2017

Good article Well Research Kudos

Lisbeth

Sunday 9th of April 2017

How about an honorable mention for the lighthouse at Rubjerg Knude in Denmark? The lighthouse was built 200 ft above sea level and first lit in 1900. Shifting sands and coastal erosion forced the lighthouse to cease operations in 1968 and it is expected to fall into the sea by 2023. If you want to visit the scenic place, don't leave it too long :-)

http://rubjergknude.dk/engelsk/visit-us/

LC Haughey

Friday 14th of April 2017

Down for that. It's a cutie for sure. Coastal erosion is quite amazing, isn't it?

indefinitejourney

Friday 7th of April 2017

There is a really strange one in Chetumal, Mexico. Like no lighthouse I have ever seen before. Good Article!

LC Haughey

Friday 14th of April 2017

I had to google it after you said that and I agree! Very odd.

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