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Basking Sharks observed feeding off Kilkee coastline

Up to 20 basking sharks were observed by various different visitors in the waters near Kilkee last week (April 10th) . The Clare Herald give a report here. Plenty about it on Facebook here too: https://www.facebook.com/LoopHeadPeninsula/posts/10153965810791163 Gentle Giants of the Sea growing up to sometimes 12 metres long, they have… ..Read more >
Tullaher bog walk

Loop Head Walking Festival – Family Oriented Biodiversity Bog Walk

Enjoy a guided walk in the local Tullaher bog with Simon and Frances. Simon’s normal haunt is the sea, where he works as cetacean expert teaching students and researching Whales and Dolphins.  He is a biologist and holds a PHD in Zoology with a specialisation in Ornithology. Simon shares his… ..Read more >

Loop Head Walking Festival – George’s Head Coastal Walk

Enjoy this spectacular guided coastal walk, starting in Kilkee, heading back along the East End of this Victorian seaside resort. Take a steep climb above Byrnes Cove, Chimney Bay and walking along the cliff all the way to Cusheen village. Enjoy the sights of the Atlantic Ocean and see the… ..Read more >
Pub Interior, Carrigaholt, County Clare, Ireland

Carrigaholt Oyster & Traditional Music Festival 29th April – 2nd of May, 2016

May Bank Holiday Weekend A celebration of our traditional food and music on The Loop Head Peninsula, County Clare. Get into the festive mood with complimentary oysters during all our Trad Seisiún. Friday 29th of April Food Events: Shellfish and Craft Beer Night €30pp     The Long Dock Pub… ..Read more >

Carrigaholt Castle

Carrigaholt Castle is one of Ireland’s best preserved “Tower Houses”, built around 1480 by the MacMahons, the last Gaelic Chieftains to rule this peninsula.  Strategically located at the Mouth of the Shannon, the castle’s story reflects the turbulence of European politics. The 16th century ended with the final conquest of… ..Read more >
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Geology of the Loop Head Peninsula

Guide to the Geology of the Loop Head Peninsula The Loop Head Peninsula in south west County Clare is where the River Shannon flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Dramatic cliff-scapes, stony coves, sand beaches and estuarine mud flats, provide an irresistible invitation to the independent traveller who is keen to… ..Read more >

Loop Head Walking Festival – Doonaha ‘Forts and Folklore’ with guided tour of Napoleonic Battery

Take a journey through time along the relatively sheltered South side of the Peninsula. We begin our walk at the popular swimming cove of Glaisin, also known as Doonaha Beach. Enjoy the rural landscape and learn about local historic landmarks en-route to Doonaha Fort. Doonaha and the surrounding area of… ..Read more >
Kilkee cliffs

Loop Head Walking Festival – Kilkee Cliff Dawn Walk

Join us as the sun begins to sneak up from the Eastern horizon and paints a hue of oranges and yellow on the landscape. We start, facing the Pollock Holes and Georges Head and breathing in the sea air into our lungs. We will take off in silence making the… ..Read more >

Responsible Tourism policy

The Loop Head Peninsula is the most westerly point of County Clare. Kilkee, the principle town and gateway to the peninsula, has a long history of tourism dating from the late 1700s but has predominantly been a domestic market destination. The rest of the peninsula has had very little tourism… ..Read more >
The cliffs of Moher late

An Idler’s Guide to the Loop Head Peninsula

Mark Ryan, a native of Loop Head has written a beautiful descriptive account of life on Loop Head as experienced by himself and others like him. Take a look at Mark’s blog here to get a hint of the book that will be published this summer. ..Read more >
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Irish Times ‘Best Place to Holiday in Ireland’

See How Loop Head the Best Place to holiday in Ireland according to the Irish Times. Take a look at the Irish Times snapshot of Loop Head  featured in this video. ..Read more >