The lighthouse of Roscoff
This is a lighthouse or phare right in town passing it on the road as you entered Roscoff by the harbor.
In 1880 a tower on the extreme part of the old wharf or quai Tristan Corbière was installed to allow boats to align themselves to enter the harbor. A second light was installed in 1864. Later in 1913, it was too low so a proper lighthouse was built starting in 1914 and the optic lenses up in 1917. In 1934 the lighthouse had electricity. In 2002, the lighthouse was automatized and there is no security nor it is visited.
Just a look in the silhouette de Roscoff is nice enough to see it. It is 24 meters high and 95 steps.
- Sailing and Boating
- Historical Travel
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Stop of Mary Stuart Queen of Scotland
Mary Stuart came to France in 1548 to meet here engaged François II later to be king of France.She was Queen of Scotland and France from different years between 1542 and 1587.
There is a plaque commemorating the visit at the now destroyed Chapelle de St Ninien-(b. 1532 d.1932) on the door facing the entry to the embarkation point to Ile de Batz and a plaque on history of this event across the street.
In the trouble times she was beheaded for trying to eliminate Elizabeth I of England in 1587. Mary Stuart was Catholic, out of a Scot king and a French mother. She later marries a Robert Dudley,fallen in love and was treason by him as she then was accused of a complot to kill him; she then remarries Jacques Bothwell, considered the assasin of Robert Dudley,she was in need to flee England. short of the complicated story.....
She lived the happiest of her life for 13 years at Saint Germain en Laye (Dept 78) where she is in tomb at the Church of St Germain.
The two places claim to be where she stayed while at Roscoff are at 19 and 25 rue reveillére
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Walk The Beach
Arrive in Roscoff, walk along the shore, rocky at first, then sandy - indescribable without using up several pages. Walk for a mile or two and you will be gobsmacked - it is just so....so....words fail me!
When I arrived about 8 am I walked into town following the "centre ville" signs and at first was not particularly impressed, the road immediately out of the ferry port takes you past a small industrial estate and the road itself was a bit shabby, but then as I entered the town itself it came visually to life. The walk is about 1km and then you reach the old port. This is more of a leisure port than a fishing one (I think the fishing port is in the other direction) but still a working port and very picturesque.
Continuing walking took me round the headland and the Anse de Laber which is a u-shaped bay with great views out to sea and to the opposite shore. Fortunately the tide was out and so I could continue along the shore, with it's rock pools, both natural and man-made, the short stretches of sandy beach with beautiful, almost white, fine sand. At that time in the morning I had the place almost to myself, just the odd dog walker and the seabirds for company.
This really is an enjoyable walk, though I can imagine that it will get very busy during the day in summer.
When the tide is in the beaches become separate little bays. This makes for no less pleasant a wander, you just have to return to the road from time-to-time. During the summer some of the beaches have lifeguards, whilst others don't, but those that do are signposted as such.*
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