My busy three-day schedule included the exciting prospect of whale-watching in the Atlantic Ocean, taking in the incredible structure that is the Fastnet lighthouse and a trip to two of the many islands on this beautiful coast.
J Fastnet lighthouse We rounded off a splendid break in style at the Church Restaurant in Skibbereen.
Sophie had gone to bed in a single room which overlooked the sea and the Fastnet lighthouse
. There was no sign of any struggle.
His image of the Fastnet Lighthouse
, known as the teardrop of Ireland, is compelling.
The Fastnet Lighthouse
(pictured here marooned on a glistening sea) is the most famous of Irish lighthouses and this is one of the many memorable photographs in Lighthouses of the Atlantic (Cassell, pounds 25), a fascinating pictorial inventory of the 140 buildings that protect the coasts of The British Isles, Eire, France, Spain and Portugal taken by French maritime photographer Philip Plisson and his son Guillaume.
Winds hit 121mph at Fastnet lighthouse
off the south-west tip of Ireland and gusts of 96mph were recorded on the Isle of Wight.
A Transport Department statement said: "An oil spill incident occurred 80km south of Fastnet Lighthouse
in the vicinity of Russian naval vessels.
The yacht is one of 281 taking part in the race in the English channel from Cowes to Plymouth via the Fastnet lighthouse
on the southern tip of Ireland.