Galley Head Lighthouse station can be found on the Galley Head or Dunheady headland, which is in the very heart of West Cork -- about 130 feet above sea level. It overlooks St George's Channel as well as two magnificent beaches. The headland is cut off from the mainland by the ancient wall ruins of the old Norman stronghold of Donheady, an important fortress of the local O’Cowhig Clan. The two keeper’s houses constructed in the area have both been returned to their original symmetrical layout and can comfortably accommodate four to six people in each house. They are linked by an internal door, so that larger parties of about eight to twelve people can be accommodated. Each house has a double and twin bedroom as well as a fold down sofa bed. It also has a bathroom, kitchen and sitting room. Both houses have adjoining walled lawns and guests should be aware that the station is located on top of a cliff. The station was built in 1875, during the height of the lighthouse building frenzy. It was built twenty years of its closest neighbours at Old Head of Kinsale and Fastnet. The Galley Head and the Fastnet have both earned the distinction of being two of the most powerful lighthouses in Europe. The lighthouse emits an unusual landward arc of light. This was so because, as legend has it, the Sultan of Turkey asked to be able to see it from Castle Freke at Rosscarbery nearby on his visit there. The castle, which was abandoned in 1952, can now be seen from Galley as a Gothic ruin. The original features and the particular character of Keeper's Houses have been thoughtfully preserved. In order to maintain the traditional character of the keeper’s cottages these buildings do not have telephones, televisions or microwaves. The property is centrally heated, and has all linen, crockery and cutlery. This unique lodgings are a novel way to spend a day or two relaxing from a car trip in Ireland. The adventurous can opt to see the many beautiful attractions of Ireland by renting a car and travelling to each and every one of them. In fact it is said to be the most effective way of seeing Ireland’s beauty. Car hire companies are more than happy to serve the car hire needs of travellers.
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