Following the withdrawal of lighthouse keepers, many of the former lighthouse accommodation dwellings were sold. Some lighthouses have even been decommissioned altogether following periodic reviews by the main lighthouse authorities.
Many cottages that were once home to lighthouse keepers and their families have since been converted into holiday accommodation. This means that the properties are still being maintained and looked after. It gives those of us a chance to have a taste of a lighthouse keeper’s life, although many of the cottages are now much more luxurious than they would have been in the times of the lighthouse keepers!
Lighthouses are often in remote and beautiful locations. Many of the former lighthouse keepers cottages that the keepers and their families lived in have been converted into holiday cottages, hotels and guest houses. As well as lighthouses, you can also stay in lightships, lighthouse service vessels, and even former residences of lighthouse engineers.
Every lighthouse has its own unique history and story to tell. I would like to share some of their stories with you and hope that you will feel inspired to visit them and find out more.