History & Heritage

Loop Head Heritage Trail

The internationally recognised Loop Head Heritage Trail can be accessed on foot, bike or car, depending on what speed you wish to explore the peninsula at. Trail maps can be picked up at any of the Loop Head Tourism network businesses (look for the locally crafted bronze disk on the… ..Read more >
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Antiquities

Ring forts are the most common monuments on the Irish landscape and are known by several names, including fort, rath, dún, lios, cashel and caher. They consist of a circular or oval area, around 25 to 50 metres in diameter, enclosed by one or more earthen banks. They were erected… ..Read more >

Kilbaha Gallery & Crafts

Kilbaha Gallery & Crafts’ is located on the road to Loop Head Lighthouse in Kilbaha. Complete with free parking, tea & coffee, picnic benches, toilet facilities and disability access, this gallery, gift shop and heritage experience is a lovely new addition to the Loop Head Visitor Experience. Visit the Henry… ..Read more >
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Carrigaholt Castle

Surrounded as they were by water, the people of Loop Head often needed to defend their position. Mediaeval castles such as the one at Carrigaholt were strategically located for defence. Carrigaholt Castle stands at the end of the fishing pier overlooking the Shannon Estuary and the harbour. It is enclosed… ..Read more >
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The Little Ark

In the 19th century, the landlords of Loop Head refused to give over a site for the building of a church for Roman Catholic worship in Kilbaha. The local priest at the time, Fr Michael Meehan, came up with the idea of celebrating mass on the foreshore, which is no… ..Read more >
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Loop Head Lighthouse

There has been a lighthouse at Loop Head since 1670, originally a signal fire on the roof of a single-storey cottage (which can still be seen on the grounds), where the lightkeeper lived. The present tower, which stands 23 metres high, was built in 1854. The range of the light… ..Read more >
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Maritime History

Loop Head’s location, with the treacherous Atlantic on one side and the busy shipping lanes of the Shannon Estuary on the other, means that much of its history naturally tells of the water. At one time, many inhabitants of the southern shores of the peninsula eked a living from piloting… ..Read more >
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Military History

The chequered military history of Loop Head can be pieced together from relics dating from the 15th century (see Carrigaholt Castle) right up to the 20th. Several gun batteries such as the one at Kilcredaun, built in 1814, were erected around the coast to help repel a French invasion during… ..Read more >
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Sally O’Keeffe

The Sally O’Keeffe is a Shannon hooker – a traditional wooden sailing vessel – designed and built from scratch by a team of devoted local enthusiasts. The Sally O’Keeffe is named after a noted sailor who lived on the Querrin Shore in the 19th century. She is an open, 25-foot,… ..Read more >
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Shipwrecks

Over the centuries, scores of ships have met a watery end off Loop Head, on both the Atlantic coast and in the Shannon Estuary. In 1836, the Intrinsic, bound for New Orleans, sank along with her crew of 14 in a bay near Bishop’s Island in Kilkee. The wreck site… ..Read more >
Railways at loop head peninsula

West Clare Railway

The West Clare Railway, made famous by the entertainer Percy French, opened in 1887 and ran for almost a century on a narrow-gauge line between Ennis and Kilkee. It was closed in 1961. In the mid-1990s, a local preservation society began work on reviving the railway at Moyasta Junction. The… ..Read more >