We recently published The 60 Best Lighthouses in the World, and then we received another 20 Best Lighthouses in the World. Considering that everyone loves lighthouses we are publishing this. We are constantly amazed at the diversity of these best lighthouses in the world, and also on their function and purpose in protecting people. Enjoy.
Best Lighthouses in Australia
- 1 Best Lighthouses in Australia
- 2 Best Lighthouses in America
- 3 Best Lighthouses in Europe
- 3.1 Bengtskär lighthouse in Finland
- 3.2 Arranmore Lighthouse, Donegal Ireland
- 3.3 Happisburgh Lighthouse, Norfolk, UK
- 3.4 Borkum Lighthouse, Germany
- 3.5 Rathlin West Light, Ireland
- 3.6 Westerhever Lighthouse, Germany
- 3.7 Cabo de Gata Lighthouse, Spain
- 3.8 The Tower of Hercules, La Coruna, Spain
- 3.9 Sheep’s Head, West Cork, Ireland
- 4 Best Lighthouses in South America
- 5 Best Lighthouses in Asia
West Cape Lighthouse, South Australia
by Red’s Australia
Overlooking several shipwreck sites from Innes National Park’s westernmost tip on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula, the 8.5 metres (28 ft) West Cape lighthouse is constructed of stainless steel. Strong winds buffet the headland with a walking track passing VERY close to the cliff edge – WAY less scary than actually taking off from the helipad!
Read more about the lighthouses at Innes National Park HERE
Cape Morton Lighthouse, Australia
The Cape Morton lighthouse was the first in Queensland, Australia. It’s located on Morton Island, a gorgeous sand island off Brisbane. Built in 1857 by a combination of trade and convict labour it was needed to address the growing number of wrecks scattered around the entrance to the Bay.
Gantheaume Point Lighthouse, Australia
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Read more about Gantheaume Point and its lighthouse HERE
Gabo Island Lighthouse, Australia
15kms east of Mallacoota and is Australia’s 2nd highest lighthouse standing 47metres above ground and is constructed from pink granite (used by Tissot in their Rock Watch series). The current structure, completed in 1862 comprises some large, keyed, individually hewn rocks. Accessible by sea and air, stays are possible through Parks Victoria.
Point Malcolm Lighthouse on Lake Alexandrina, South Australia
It’s not only impressive that Point Malcolm is the only inland lighthouse in Australia, but it is also situated on the massive Lake Alexandrina, which when full, covers an area of around 56,000 hectares. It was built in 1878 and overlooks a narrow stretch of water between Lake Albert and Lake Alexandria, known as The Narrows, Narrung where you can catch a ferry to the other side of the lake.
Best Lighthouses in America
North Pier Lighthouse, Wisconsin, USA
By between England & Iowa
The Devil’s Island Lighthouse, Wisconsin, USA
Cape Lookout, North Carolina
Cape Lookout’s surrounding area is dedicated as a national seashore for a reason: located on a barrier island near North Carolina’s Crystal Coast, this lighthouse is classic and gorgeous, and has the setting to match. Climb Cape Lookout for unforgettable views of beautiful beaches, barrier islands, and the Atlantic Ocean.
Manistique East Breakwater Light, Michigan
The Manistique Breakwater lighthouse is located in the harbor of Manistique, Michigan. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005
Best Lighthouses in Europe
Bengtskär lighthouse in Finland
Arranmore Lighthouse, Donegal Ireland
The Arranmore Lighthouse is located at Rinrawros Point at the north west corner of the island. It has been in existence since 1859 having replaced the lighthouse built in 1798 which had been de-commissioned in 1832.
Happisburgh Lighthouse, Norfolk, UK
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On the Norfolk coast near the village of Happisburgh you will find Happisburgh Lighthouse. This beautiful red striped building is the only independently run working light in the UK. Built in 1790 the 85ft tower is now run by the Happisburgh Lighthouse Trust. It’s beautiful!
Borkum Lighthouse, Germany
Borkum Lighthouse, Germany is also known as Borkum Neuer Light, is an active lighthouse on the island of Borkum, Leer district, state of Lower Saxony, Germany.
Rathlin West Light, Ireland
This is an ‘upside down’ lighthouse and world renowned seabird centre. Located on Rathlin Island, in Ballycastle, County. The lighthouse was built into the cliff face between 1912 and 1917. A special pier and an inclined railway from the pier to the cliff top had to be built to facilitate the lighthouse’s construction. The lighthouse’s fog signal, dubbed the ‘Rathlin Bull’, could be heard from more than 30km away. It was removed in 1995 after 70 years’ service.
Westerhever Lighthouse, Germany
is located in Westerhever, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Considered to be one of the best-known lighthouses in northern Germany, it was built in 1908. Its cast iron tower is 40 metres (130 ft) high. It is popular with wedding parties.
Cabo de Gata Lighthouse, Spain
The prettiest spot of the natural park is probably the lighthouse Cabo de Gata which marks the end of the south eastern Spanish coast. Even the Greeks and the Phoenicians used to have a lighthouse on the same location. Today’s construction goes back to 1863. The lighthouse is not easy to access, you must take the long winding road from Salinas to Faro de Cabo de Gata. Needless to say – it has a breath-taking view along the coast and to one of Almería’s most emblematic sites: Mermaid’s Bay. The area surrounding of the Cabo de Gata lighthouse is nowadays a heaven for snorkelers and swimmers.
The Tower of Hercules, La Coruna, Spain
by the Whole World is a playground
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Tower of Hercules guards the harbour entrance in La Coruña in northwest Spain and is one of the oldest Roman lighthouses still in operation. Towering over 50 metres above the harbour the lighthouse could be mistaken for an ancient castle and is visible for miles around.
Sheep’s Head, West Cork, Ireland
Best Lighthouses in South America
Cabo del Polonio, Uruguay
by Nomadic Boys
One of our favourite lighthouses in the world is the Cabo del Polonio lighthouse in Rocha, southeast Uruguay. It is the iconic symbol of the very unique Cabo del Polonio settlement, in the middle of National Park, which also has a colony of sea lions living nearby. The view from the top are simply stunning.
Best Lighthouses in Asia
Ko Lanta, Thailand
This magnificent lighthouse is located in Mu Ko Lanta National Park. It stands high up on the cliff on one of the southern points of the island. You can climb up to the lighthouse and watch the sunset over the Andaman Sea.
(Featured image by Red’s Australia)
Hope you enjoy the 20 Best Lighthouses in the World. That now gives you 80 of the best lighthouses in the world.