Home Newsletter Locations Diary
Topic Alpha County Sections By

Travellers Resource
Lighthouse Section Lighthouse Index . England & Wales Scotland Ireland Isle of Man Channel Isles


England & Wales Scotland Ireland

Haulbowline Lighthouse

Down, Northern Ireland

Location Guide

This lighthouse is built on a dangerous rock which is only exposed at low tide, in the middle of the entrance to Carlingford Lough, just on the north side of the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The shore station was at Cranfield Point until 1922, and then at Greencastle.

It was the first Irish offshore light to be automated, in 1965. There is a secondary lantern halfway up the tower, the white balcony feature. Until 1922, this lantern displayed a "half tide" light to inform mariners that the tide was high enough for vessels to enter the lough.

Photo by Terry Stewart

Lighthouse information Grid


Haulbowline Lighthouse, Down, Northern Ireland

Current status:


Geographic Position:

5401.196' North  00604.740' West

Grid Reference:


Ceremonial County:



tapered granite tower, with lantern and gallery, incorporating keeper's quarters and resting on a square base. Tower is unpainted; lantern painted white.

Map Link:


Aerial photo:


Other photos:

Geograph   photo 

Originally built:


Current lighthouse built:


Height of Tower:

34 metres

Height of light above mean sea level:

32 metres

Character of light:

Fl (3) Whirw 10s. Exhibited by day when fog signal is sounding. Since 1873 a continuous red "turning light" marking the start of the Carlingford Lough entrance channel has been displayed from a tower window at a height of 21 metres

Character of fog signal:

Horn 30s

Range of light:

17 nautical miles

Owned / run by:

Commissioners of Irish Lights

Getting there:



only by boat



Other Useful Websites:


Other Relevant pages:

For more articles, lists and other information see the Lighthouses Section

Lighthouse Map of Ireland  

Featured list of lighthouses - Ireland



Please let us know any other information that we can add to the Grid or page and any errors that you discover. Before making a long trip to any location it is always wise to double check the current information, websites like magazines may be correct at the time the information is written, but things change and it is of course impossible to double check all entries on a regular basis. If you have any good photographs that you feel would improve the illustration of this page then please let us have copies. In referring to this page it is helpful if you quote both the Page Ref and Topic or Section references from the Grid below. To print the planning grid select it then right click and print the selected area.

Please submit information on locations you discover so that this system continues to grow.


By: Tracey Park    Section:  Lighthouses Section Key:
Page Ref: Haulbowline Topic: Lighthouses Last Updated: 06/2010


This page:

Link directly to this page, with text or the button on right.

Text linking: Haulbowline Lighthouse  on Photographers Resource

Linking Instructions                            http://www.photographers-resource.co.uk/

Photographers Resource, all the information for the photographer