Tagamõisa Peninsula

Western Estonia & the Islands

Much of the beautiful and rarely visited western coast of the Tagamõisa Peninsula is protected as part of Vilsandi National Park, including the Harilaid Peninsula, an important stopover for migratory birds. At its northwestern tip (accessible only on foot) is the striking Kiipsaare lighthouse, which due to erosion now sits about 30m out to sea. The erosion has caused the lighthouse to develop a visible lean, although it periodically corrects itself as the constantly mobile sands shift.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Western Estonia & the Islands attractions

1. St Michael’s Lutheran Church

10.68 MILES

Kihelkonna's tall, austere, early-German church dates from before 1280. It’s dark and gloomy inside, partly due to the wooden supports holding up the roof…

2. Mihkli Farm Museum

12.28 MILES

In a pretty setting southeast of Kihelkonna, this early-18th-century farm has been preserved in its entirety, complete with thatched-roof wooden…

3. Viidumäe Nature Reserve

15.54 MILES

Founded in 1957, this reserve covers an area of 26 sq km, with a 26m observation tower at Saaremaa’s highest point, Raunamägi (a vertigo-inducing 54m)…

4. Panga Pank

17.07 MILES

Saaremaa’s highest cliffs run along the northern coast near Panga for 3km. The highest point (21.3m) was a sacred place where sacrifices were made to the…

5. Tuhkana

24.87 MILES

Tucked away within pine forest, Tuhkana is one of Saaremaa’s best sandy beaches, due in large part to its remoteness. To get here from Leisi, head west…

6. Tehumardi Night Battle Monument

25.62 MILES

On the night of 8 October 1944 a gruesome battle took place in the coastal village of Tehumardi between retreating German troops and a Soviet Estonian…

8. Suur Töll & Piret

27.78 MILES

Kuressaare's jauntiest statue, created in 2002, features Saaremaa's legendary gigantic hero, Suur (meaning 'the great') Töll and his wife, Piret, carrying…