Laxey Harbour Lighthouses

Laxey Harbour Lighthouses
Laxey Harbour Lighthouses: Pier Lighthouse (front) and Breakwater Lighthouse (rear)

There are two lighthouses at Laxey marking the entrance to the harbour.

Located on the Isle of Man’s east coast, Laxey was originally a small fishing village, but this expanded with Laxey mine’s establishment. The mine thrived until its closure in 1973.

The Laxey Mining Company built a harbour, and a lighthouse was established around 1851 on the old south pier. A new lighthouse was built at the end of Laxey Pier in 1941, painted white with a red band.

Laxey Harbour Lighthouse
Laxey Pier Lighthouse

A large breakwater was later built on the northern side of the harbour. The Breakwater Lighthouse was built in 1946 and was painted white with a green band.

Laxey Breakwater
Laxey Breakwater Lighthouse

It is possible to walk to the Breakwater Lighthouse from Laxey Bridge, through the woodland, though it is a steep climb, with lots of steps – but worth the effort!

Laxey Harbour

Laxey Bridge

A more recent addition to the town is the new Laxey Bridge.

The old bridge at Laxey was destroyed during flooding in December 2015 when floodwater from the hillside brought down trees and branches, blocking the bridge.  The bridge finally collapsed with a double-decker bus falling into the river.

Laxey Bridge
The new Laxey Bridge with replica lighthouses

A new single-span bridge was built between March 2016 and January 2017 and two replica lighthouses were added.

Laxey Pier LighthouseEstablished: 1941 Discontinued: Engineer: Tower Height: 4 metres Light Character: Oc R 3 s Range: 5 miles Fog Signal: Elevation: 7 metres Automated:
Laxey Breakwater LighthouseEstablished: 1946 Discontinued: Engineer: Tower Height: 4 metres Light Character: Oc G 3 s Range: 5 miles Fog Signal: Elevation: 7 metres Automated: