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Cork, Ireland528 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
Was here today with the lovely Ursula.

Spectacular, unspoilt beautiful part of Europe. It’s one of the most westerly points of the continent. You can drive, cycle or walk right out to the lighthouse.

Behind it is an amazing stretch of land to open cliffs with sheer drops for about 100 metres with no barriers, very very dangerous but exciting as heck!

I highly recommend it.
Written August 30, 2020
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GUERNSEY, CHANNEL ISLANDS6,742 contributions
For those of you who want to find a quiet corner of Ireland with some beautiful coastal scenery, Loop Head is the place for you! We drove from Corofin via Quilty and Kilkee down to Loop Head one sunny Sunday morning. The journey took us about 90 minutes. When we reached Kilkee and turned onto the R487 (sign-posted Loop Head), the scenery became even more rural and less built up, the road was narrower, and we passed fewer and fewer cars.

The lighthouse and two cottages lie at the very end of the road leading to Loop Head. (The cottages can be rented through Irish Landmark Trust - what a spectacular location!) There is a small carpark (only 3 other cars there) and an information board giving details of the flora and fauna of the headland.

We (family with 2 children aged 8 and 4), grabbed coats and hats and set off to explore this wild headland. Be warned! No guard rails or walls between you and the sheer drop from the cliffs to the surging sea below. We walked around the headland marvelling at the various seabirds swooping and diving over the sea, and landing on precarious nests on the cliff-face. We counted 12 choughs - those distinctive red-legged and red-beaked members of the crow family (quite rare these days) flying high above us, sounding their raucous cry. And I alone saw a hare racing through the rough grass towards the cliff edge and disappearing without a trace . . .

And what views! Although it was slightly hazy, we could see across to the mountains of co. Kerry in one direction, the mouth of the Shannon with tankers and boats making their way inland, and the rocky headland north-east towards Ross Bay. And if you have time, do go to Ross Bay to see the Bridges of Ross - another quiet corner of co. Clare with stunning sea views, sheltered bays, and the spectacular "bridge" across a rocky inlet.

So, if you're looking for somewhere less-visited, but in my opinion, as much worth visiting as the famous Cliffs of Moher, make your way to Loop Head.

If you're looking for somewhere to have lunch, then try Keatings Pub in nearby Kilbaha - delicious food, reasonably priced!
Written April 22, 2008
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Cork, Ireland131 contributions
Jul 2012 • Family
We have traveled around the Loop Head peninsula before but it is so beautiful, that we decided to drive around it once more. This time, there was the added attraction of the Loop Head Lighthouse, which has been opened to the public since we were last there. On our arrival, we were met by a young lady, a real Irish cailin with auburn hair and a warm smile. She was not only friendly but she was also very knowledgeable about the lighthouse. The fee for the lighthouse is 5 euro per adult and is free for children under 12. There are 74 steps to the top of the lighthouse and it is really a case of 74 steps to Heaven as the views from the top are simply breath-taking. Truly beyond beautiful... We could have stood there forever, gazing at the tall cliffs which are set at right angles to the sea far below, marking the edge of Ireland. After descending and emerging from the lighthouse, we walked around to see the 'EIRE" markings, on the ground. This sign told planes during World War 2 that they were flying over Ireland and that we are a neutral country. It was amazing to see the white sign, still sitting there from that time. As we finished our drive around the peninsula, we went through Carrignaholt and visited Keane's shop. It is adorable, being in the original Irish style of shop-pub. A young man, one of the Keane family served us and was beautifully-mannered. After buying what we wanted and having a little chat, we walked down to the waterside where we could look across at the nearby castle. A day to remember!!
Written July 8, 2012
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Neptune Beach, FL640 contributions
Jun 2011
West of Kilrush and Kilkee, Ireland, on the west coast near Shannon is Loop Head peninsula. Before our trip I hadn't been able to find much info, but wanted to see Loop Head simply because of it's mention in the Nora Roberts Irish trilogy I read before our trip. We were all SO GLAD we went. About 15 km west of Kilkee, the road ends at a parking lot in front of a lighthouse compound that is not open to the public. Park and take the walk to the edge of the cliffs and you will be very richly rewarded! The sea crashing into the cliff's is amazing. And there is a path just feet from the edge that follows around the whole end of the peninsula, probably about 1.5 miles. A very easy, flat walk. Amazing views with every step. See photos. When we were there, there were only 3 other cars. By contrast, we next went to Cliffs of Moher. A tourist nightmare of buses and masses of people, and they restrict you now from really getting anywhere near the edge to see the views. TWO NOTES: This is NOT a place for children of any age, as there is no railing at all. And there are no facilities of any kind -- plan to make a stop a Keatings Bar & Shop before you head on to the lighthouse.
Written June 12, 2011
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Chris H
Peterborough, Canada33 contributions
May 2012 • Couples
I'm very happy that I have been lucky enough to visit Ireland a second time. The first visit as most included the "Advertised" hotspots of Eire. For my second visit I had the benefit of meeting many locals on my first and getting their input on the "Real Ireland". The Loophead, Kilkee to the Lighthouse, is in fact one of the greatest gifts they gave me.

A simple 20 Kilometer drive, a simply awe inspiring experience. At Moher you are stuck behind four foot high slate walls, at the Loophead you are only held back by your own personal take on heights. Walk for kilometers, or simply drive and stop whenever the scenery tickles your fancy. The views simply cannot be captured by a camera. You will take some of the most spectacular pictures of your life, but then get home and tell your friends that it just doesn't give you the true feeling of amazement you achieved being there.

Do yourself a favor and save yourself a bunch of Euro. Drive to Kilkee, then head south stopping whenever you wish on your way to the Loophead lighthouse. Stop in Carrigholt on your way back north for lunch or dinner, (I'd recommend the Long Dock Pub, great seafood) and you are set.

No tour buses, no crowds, no rock walls holding you back. Discover the real Ireland that you really want to see, not the over commercialized Ireland that some are attempting to build for you. Pure and unspoiled.

Cheers from Canada
Written May 19, 2012
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Sydney, Australia79 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
Our guide book told us to take the R487 Loop Head Rd out of Kilkee and look for a turnoff to the right signposted “Scenic Loop”. Didn’t see it and ended up driving all the way to the lighthouse at the end. Fine if you have the time but it’s quite a slow drive. Found out on the return that the best cliff views are immediately out of Kilkee! At the roundabout at the end of the main street, keep turning right past R487, turnoff towards car park by the bay (toilets there). A little further on there’s a turnoff to the left signposted “Scenic Drive”. Oh, it is well worth the trip too!
Written May 19, 2018
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Manchester108 contributions
Aug 2013 • Family
Just returned from a wonderful visit to this scenic area. Most days, I would start from Kilbaha pier and walk the area in all directions, photographing the hedgerows and everything else under Gods great light! Simple pleasures and long lasting memories. Most people seem to drive straight up to the many attractions, why not park the car, walk and take it all in slowly. Many options for excursions, on land and water, which give detailed knowledge of the area and highlight 'hidden places' and interesting tales! Don't forget the camera!
Written August 10, 2013
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Milwaukee, WI105 contributions
Apr 2012 • Couples
After reading through tripadvisor, I took some people's advice and went here to see the cliffs...instead of Moher. Let me tell you I was FAR from disappointment. This is one of the best kept secrets in Ireland. Hopefully it stays that way.

Apart from it being free of charge, being able to roam around the cliffs (with no restrictions) really added to the experience. You could really feel your heart race as you tiptoe to the edge and look straight down. It's very windy though, so be careful. Luckily the wind blows in the direction to help keep you ON the cliff, rather than blowing you from behind (where it might feel like it's blowing you off the cliff). Great spots for photos and videos. AMAZING!!!!

I also stopped by Keatings for a pint and a bite to eat (it's last pub before loop head cliffs). Nice cosy place with a fire, and VERY friendly service. Like the sign says, it's the closest place to New York for a pint in Ireland.

I never did get to see the Cliffs of Moher, but after visiting here....I feel like I don't have to now.
Written April 26, 2012
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Kent W
Huntsville, AL307 contributions
Apr 2012 • Family
WOW! are you kidding me? just drive up to the lighthouse and park. there is a trail that leads to some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in the world. a bit dangerous, be careful! the day we went had magnificent monster waves. hurry and go before someone decides to put up a fence and charge admission! also, nearby is the bridges of ross - also stunning coastal scenery and a natural bridge over the surf, and also free! better experience than the incredibly commercialized cliffs of moher!
Written April 13, 2012
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Manchester13 contributions
Aug 2011
The Loop Head peninsulain the small village of Kilbaha just west of Kilrush and Kilkee has to be one of Irelands most beautiful and best kept secrets.

The views and scenery around this area are breathtakingly beautiful and not to be missed. If your touring around the emerald isles the summertime make sure you include this place in your plans, you certainly won't regret visiting this little piece of heaven on earth.

While your there, do take a walk up to the lighthouse and along the cliff edge at the right time of the day you can see millions of sunbeams dancing across the Atlantic Ocean. It actually feels like your standing at the top of the world. Looking out on this magnificent view can become something of spiritual experience to see such natural beauty in front of you. Although It's a magical place, it's not a spot for very young children as there is no railing around the edges.

It's also a must to visit Keatings Bar & Restaurant, you can sit outside in the sunshine by the sea wall have a pint of Guinness while watching the world go by. Outside this bar their is a huge sign that say's "Have one for the Road, the nearest bar to New York". The food menu at Keatings is surprisely varied and the food delicious and priced very reasonably. My favourite is the fish (cooked in guinness batter) & chips. Make a point of saying hello to the Landlord and Landlady, Helen and Bernie you won't meet any friendlier people. Nothing seems to be too much trouble for them. They always seem happy to have a chat and give advice about the area.

If you want to make a full day of it there are trips out to watch the dolphins

If your a twitcher and enjoy a spot of birdwatching make sure to visit the Bridges of Ross while your there.

As you can tell I'm very happy to recommend this area, it has so much natural beauty and it's thankfully very uncomericial. I've posted some photos to give you a greater flavor of what you can experience at Loop Head.
Written August 8, 2011
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