Food Recommendations

  • There is a restaurant just a couple of minutes walk from the house. It is called Clancys & is a gastropub. They do lovely food & good drinks. They also have a new venture called “The Shack” which opens Fri, Sat, Sunday for takeaway coffees, beers & wine which you can have on the beach.
  • Ahernes is great for seafood & has a good wine menu:  I actually love the open seafood sandwich  if you are passing for lunch, its delicious! They offer 10% off to guests of the lighthouse keepers – so just let them know you are staying.
  • The old imperial is an old style bar,and has a great restaurant. They have added a courtyard with lots of outdoor seating too. They dont seem to have a menu online, but they do quirky bar food and the old time favs like steak & chips, fish and chips, shepherds pie, warm chicken salad with rustics, that sort of thing.
  • The Quays bar has just installed an outdoor seating area and serves up delicious pub grub – think Lasagne, Veggie curries, Fresh fish & chips, etc.
  • The red store is a renovated grain store and does a lovely lunch – It is either carvery during lunch times or a bar menu. Very tasty options and great staff!
  • The Nook is a lively traditional style pub. They do great homemade lunches, soups and cakes. They have live music every Thursday and do a great pint of Guinness!
  • My dad has a truck stop beside Youghal bridge, it has won top cafe in Ireland and best brekkie in cork & Waterford! (JJ’s Truckstop) The bacon and sausage bap is a winner, along with the veggie fry up but I am biased! It’s best known for breakfast, if you did fancy dining out one morning!
  • The walter raleigh hotel is newly renovated and a short walk from the keepers with a new outdoor dining area too. Great for lunch or dinner.
  • For coffee, the priory on the main street is your best bet or there are some coffee wagons out the beach – the galloping gourmet ( at weekends), boardwalk coffee ( in between the two boardwalks and is open every day as far as I know!) and at the end of the old boardwalk in redbarn is a coffee hut ( open in summer months)
  • Collins Bakery does delicious grab and go sandwiches if you wanted to grab something while on the go
  • Harringtons Bakery at the other side of the town is famous for their cream buns, if you fancied a treat!
  • Other lunch options include Sage ( under the clock gate) and a newly opened spot called brunch and deli
  • If you fancied something a little special, then the cliff hotel is about a 15/20 minute drive and they have a michelin restaurant:  & the whitehorses is also in ardmore & is fab! ( They dont seem to have a website: +353 24 94040)
  • Matsons off license is a six minute walk from the keepers & they have a great selection of craft beers, gins and wines ( they also do delivery!)

Things To Do

  • Massage: Vashti offers a spa experience at the Lighthouse keepers having worked in several local 5 star spas, she is wonderful! Here is her website for treatments and this is her mobile number: 085 7191222
  • I also highly recommend, Fiona. She is a mobile masseuse who can come to the keepers and work out those knots! 087 7662571
  • Yoga: Vashti also runs yoga classes on the beach at weekends – check out her instagram for class times
  • Swimming: The lane beside the keepers is the oldest pathway in Youghal, originally used by seafarers & pirates. It now leads down to the diving rocks, which is a nice place to swim at high tide. The front strand is also a great place to swim ( approx 4 minute walk from the keepers) Check out high tide times here
  • Walks: The Boardwalk – take a left out the front door of the keepers and head for the beach and you will see a boardwalk and a new 400m boardwalk extension has just been added. Its about 5.2k round trip & there are two coffee docks at the end of the boardwalk too.
  • Knockadoon cliff walk: This is a gorgeous cliff walk about a 15 minute drive from the keepers. It can be a 1 or 2 hour loop and will definitely blow out the cobwebs! Theres a chip wagon that does fresh fish and chips at the end of the walk called the lobster pot.
  • Exploring Youghal: Sir Walter Raleigh planted the very first potato in Ireland, in the garden at the keepers. He lived in Youghal and you can visit the area known as the Raleigh quarters, along with the french gardens and St Marys collegiate church 
  • Youghal clock gate tour: The clock gate brings you back to Youghals medieval past. It was renovated in 2016 and does an excellent tour & gives you great views of the town.
  • Bicycle hire: Since the first Ironman came to Youghal in 2019, many cycling routes have been discovered. You can hire a bike at the bike shop a couple of minutes walk from the keepers.
  • Youghal Tourist office gives you the top 10 activities to do in Youghal & I also have a basket with lots of info for you when you arrive at the keepers
  • There is also a basket in the house with lots of flyers on activities that are available locally or check out youghal tourist office
  • Cocktails at the keepers: Rion is a master mixologist who can come to the keepers & shake up some cocktails for you, if you so wish. Her mobile number is 083-1529668 and here is her facebook page.


There are 13 bars in Youghal so you have plenty to choose from. Here are some of my favs:

1. Tynans: The oldest pub in Youghal – sits just under Tynans castle. It is old in every way you can imagine. If you are after an old world experience, this is the place!

2. The Nook: I also recommended this place for lunch – they do delicious fresh salads, toasties, and lunch specials. Gorgeous cosy pub – great place for a quiet drink ( Especially if you are after a creamy pint of Guinness!) or if it is a Thursday for live trad music. The picture above the stairs in the keepers is a copy of the original painting in the nook – try and spot it there if you go! 🙂

3. The Anchor:  Plenty Gin options and often have live music ( Every Monday & some other nights). Cosy small bar

4. The Marine: is just around the corner from the lighthouse keepers. It is actually a pub in a mans house and has been there for years and years. Opening hours are as and when, so take a stroll and hopefully you will be in luck and he will be open! Quaint & quirky.

5. Clancys: Around the corner is a great bar too – you can get pub grub and a few drinks and walk back to the keepers very easily.They tend to do live music on Sundays & if you wanted to venture into town, they do a courtesy shuttle.

6. Moby Dicks: The film Moby Dick was filmed in Youghal in 1954 and this bar is where the actors drank during the filming, so now the pub is named after it. Old world bar looking out at the water & Captain Ahab’s leg is even hanging on the wall! 🙂

7. Farrells Bar:  This is a little out of the town ( other end of the beach), relaxed atmosphere & has a lovely beer garden for summer days. Shows all sporting events.

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