Skjoldnæs Fyr


Pop a coin in the honesty box to climb this 19th-century, granite-block lighthouse. The viewing platform surveys surrounding golf greens and seascapes amid swooping swifts at the island's westernmost point.

It's 5km from Søby on a paved lane that passes a sculpture gallery marked unmistakably by a large golden cow. A few minutes’ walk beyond the lighthouse is a pebble beach and bird-breeding area.

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1. Søbygaard

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2. Voderup Klint

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3. Klokketårnet

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4. Faaborg Museum


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5. Faaborg Arrest

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6. Ymerbrønden

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7. Den Gamle Gaard

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8. Vesterport

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