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10 Best Lighthouse Hotels (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 10/ 7/2010 8:50 am   Updated: 01/30/2012 5:22 pm

Guiding ships into port was just the beginning for these landmark lighthouse hotels. In their current incarnation as unusual - and in some cases quite plush - hotel rooms, they're helping travelers steer clear of a rough night's sleep.'s list of top 10 lighthouse hotels span perilous harbors across the U.S., the UK, Europe, South America, and New Zealand. Climb the narrow spiral stair, watch the light beam across the sea, and spend the night in an iconic tower - then and always the universal symbol for safe harbor. Text and captions courtesy of, adapted from "Top 10 Lighthouse Hotels."

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Corsewall Lighthouse Hotel, Scotland
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Warning approaching ships of the Loch Ryan Sea’s rocky, turbulent coastline is still the job of the Corsewall, a functioning lighthouse since 1815, now pulling double duty as a luxury hotel. The lighthouse hotel is comprised of five rooms within the original structure, all with private bath, and four multi-room suites for larger parties located in a few scattered cottages on the lighthouse grounds. A short 25-minute drive from the town of Stranraer, the Corsewall offers spectacular views of Scotland’s local seascapes (seals, birds, and deer are among the local residents) and the rugged shoreline is ideal for leisurely exploration via bicycle paths. The award-winning restaurant, open to both guests and visitors, serves a daily 5-course dinner and a full Scottish breakfast.

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