Joy Tubby at Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, Shetland

I’m Joy Tubby, and I’d love to share with you some of my experiences of staying in and visiting lighthouses so that you can plan your next perfect lighthouse getaway.

I’m the author of Lighthouse Accommodation Britain and Worldwide, the comprehensive guide to staying in lighthouses around the world.

My husband Patrick and I are both keen pharologists, which means we’re passionate about lighthouses! We both love visiting lighthouses and enjoy researching about various aspects of lighthouse keeping. So much so that we got engaged at Skerryvore Lighthouse, off the Isle of Tiree in the Outer Hebrides. We were married at Nash Point Lighthouse in South Wales, staying in one of the lighthouse cottages for our honeymoon!

Joy and Patrick Tubby
Joy and Patrick Tubby at Skerryvore Lighthouse

My interest in lighthouses stems back from family holidays. The first lighthouse I ever visited was South Stack Lighthouse in Anglesey, aged 9. I also remember visiting Start Point Lighthouse in Devon, aged 12, and that’s where my passion began.

I remember the foghorn waking me one morning. Most of the UK lighthouses have no longer have operational fog signals, though some do still work!

Start Point Lighthouse
Start Point Lighthouse, Devon

In 1994 I stayed at Great Orme’s Head Lighthouse in North Wales. Following my stay there I discovered that there were more lighthouses available to stay in.

I started to research further, and several years later wrote my first edition of Lighthouse Accommodation Britain and Worldwide, published in 1999 (under my author name, Joy Adcock). Since that time the book has been updated regularly and it is now available in paperback and ebook formats.

As I’m interested in all things connected to lighthouses, including lightvessels and foghorns, I have compiled a list of all sorts of lighthouse-related places to visit, and have now added these to the Lighthouse Directory as an added point of interest. I hope you find it useful.

I am an active lighthouse volunteer and Trust Secretary of Happisburgh Lighthouse, the UK’s only independently operated working lighthouse, and I am also an active member of the Association of Lighthouse Keepers

Joy Tubby


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