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Loop Head lighthouse is a great place to go in ireland

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 is 23 nautical miles and its ‘character’ is a white light flashing four times in 20 seconds. The operation was converted to electricity in 1871, and automated in 1991.

For the 2018 season the lighthouse is open to the public every day from the 16th March through to the 4th November, from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.  For direct enquiries contact Clare County Council at ei.oc1540343092ocera1540343092lc@ms1540343092iruot1540343092
An exhibition on the history of Irish Lighthouses is located in the Light Keeper’s Cottage. Visitors can take a guided tour up the tower and go out onto the balcony, from where, weather permitting, you can see south as far as the Blasket Islands and north to the Twelve Pins in Connemara, along the Wild Atlantic Way.


Adults:  €5.00

Children:  €2.00

Family Ticket: €12.00 (2 adults and up to 3 children)

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11 comments on Loop Head Lighthouse

  1. Dee Shannon

    Hello. Is the lighthouse open this weekend and if so what time on Sunday?

    Thank you

    • Trea

      Hi Dee,
      Loop Head Lighthouse will remain open each day from 10am -5.30pm up to an including Sunday 15th September.
      Many thanks.

  2. Caroline


    I’m Caroline from a french tour operator,

    I organise trip for french school.

    For 2014, one of my group would like to do the lighthouse.

    I would greatly appreciate to get the following details in order to optimise our collaboration and to avoid any misunderstanding.

    2013 School group rates : U16 O16 Leaders

    2014 school group rates : U16 O16 Leaders

    booking email address :

    Means of payment : CHEQUE / VOUCHER / BANK TRANSFER


    Thanks a lot

  3. Esther Kainberger

    Loved to visit the lighthouse , thanks. Esther

  4. Vicky

    Is the lighthouse still open? I know it’s very late in the year but we are planning a day trip

    • Trea

      Hi Vicky, apologies for delay. Lighthouse is open from April to September. I don’t have exact dates as it is Clare County Council that issues them. I hope your return again to visit when it is open.

  5. Debbi Keillor

    On a visit to Ireland this past June my friend and I had left our last day open. At our B&B we saw a flyer and decided to visit your lighthouse. It was one of our favorite days! The tour was good and informative. I enjoyed the history. We loved walking around the grounds and our day was made when we spotted a dolphin playing in the ocean below. Thank you for the experience!

    • Trea

      Thanks for sharing that Debbi. Delighted you had such a positive experience here.

  6. Nelson

    My girlfriend and I visited the Loop Head Lighthouse on September 7, 2015. The visit to Loop Head was a spur-of-the-moment decision. Both of us enjoyed the tour and will recommend it to our friends who plan visits to Ireland. We appreciated the knowledge, hospitality, and dedication of your tour guides.

    While on the tour, we mentioned the story of the Cape Hatteras lighthouse, which is located in our home state, North Carolina (USA). In 1999, the 64 meter brick lighthouse was moved almost 0.9 kilometers in order to save it from beach erosion. We promised our tour guide a link about the move. It’s provided, above.

    Thank you.

  7. Michael Inniss

    Great place with fantastic views. http://youtu.be/WKUXheavVZY

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