Ballycotton Island Lighthouse Tours

Come jump on board our boat ‘Yassy’ and join us on a very special 90 minute tour. With one of our tour guides, you will get to travel up a path of history to Ballycotton Lighthouse and take in a 360 degree view over all of East Cork. Reaching as far as the Old Head of Kinsale.

Breath in the fresh sea air, while learning all about the engineering and the life of one of the Great Lighthouses of Ireland and its keepers.

While the children play with joy on the lighthouse keepers trampoline, keep a close eye out to sea for cetaceans. Throughout the year many different mammals of whales and dolphins can be seen from the lighthouse. From humpback whales to the common dolphin that might join us for the boat ride home.

Ballycotton Island is a wild, natural, unspoiled experience. Due to the islands rustic nature the tour requires a certain degree of agility and love for adventure.

Our tour boat carries a skipper, guide and 10 visitors.

Ballycotton Village is an active and vibrant destination so we advise that you arrive 15 minutes prior to the boat departure time to find parking and walk down to the pier. We kindly request you do not park your car on the pier as it is a busy working pier.

Tour Fees

Adult: €25/Child (3-12): €15

Family ticket (2 adults & 2 children): €75

We are afraid this trip is not suitable for children under 3 years of age.

Large group booking discounts are available.

Please email to enquire

How to book

Online booking is NOW available.. Just hit the “book now” button.

Booking can also be made in person down at our Kiosk on the pier during summer months or by simply calling the number below.

Phone 00353 (0) 87 3963998

Reservations are advisable. All bookings are subject to our terms and conditions. Please read our terms & conditions carefully.

Sailing Times

Open 7 days per week, seasonally and subject to weather and availability.
Departs daily starting at 10am
The tour takes approximately 90 minutes round trip.
Meeting point is at the Ballycotton Sea Adventures kiosk on the right below on the pier.


Check-in is 15 minutes prior to departure down at the kiosk on the right below at the pier. Please plan your visit accordingly.
Visitors are asked to please keep within the boundary walks and fencing whilst on the island and we advise visitors to wear warm clothes and sensible shoes. We regret that the tour is not suitable for wheelchairs, pushchairs, pets and children under 3.


Don’t forget your camera… views from the Lighthouse lantern balcony are breathtaking but please leave nothing but your footprint on the island and take nothing but photographs and fond memories!