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Sunset at Ross Bay

 

Wish you were here . . .

The birds are singing their little hearts out to attract a mate, and building their nests in readiness for the next generation. The hares can be seen running through the fields as the sun comes up and again just before it gets dark. The days are getting longer.

But it’s lonely without you.

We are living through an extraordinary time. Many countries are now in lockdown because of the Covid 19 pandemic. People are being asked not to leave their homes, apart from essential journeys. And we, who live and work on the beautiful Loop Head peninsula, are sticking to all the rules so that we can be ready for your visit.

We are advised that through our vigilance in staying apart, the virus spread will slow down, and in the mean time, we must make the best of things. When this is over, the gloriously wild landscape of Loop Head will still be here, and we will be waiting to welcome you to this unique stretch of the Irish coastline. We will be making the most of this time by creating new dishes at home for the peninsula’s pubs’ and restaurants’ menus, and getting those little jobs done that we have been meaning to do for a long while. There will be time for those fishing boats to get a good scrub down and maybe a new coat of paint. We will be keeping busy, so that we are ready for you when you can travel here.

Monbretia and Purple Loosestrife in a Loop Head hedgerow

 

We have so much to show you, whether you have visited us before, or you are planning your first trip to our stunning peninsula. From the great hotels, restaurants and glorious beach and bandstand in the pretty Victorian seaside town of Kilkee, to the tip of the peninsula where the 19th-century lighthouse sends its beacon 23 nautical miles out to sea… and everything in between.

We have history, culture and heritage covered, all waiting to be shared with you. Check out our YouTube channel which we will be updating regularly, a new way for you to enjoy our peninsula. Until you can get here yourself. We will be highlighting visitor’s images and videos as well as our own. Here is the link to our Youtube channel – LoveLoopHead – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkqzJRn3DRw51wUBaQnTH8Q

When we can travel again –

You can look forward to a drive along the Kilkee Cliffs and a lunch or dinner stop for a delicious fish chowder and homemade bread in Carrigaholt or Kilbaha.

The Kilkee Cliff Drive – just amazing.

 

You will be able to ramble along one of the new West Clare Walking Trails. We have 14 looped walks across the whole peninsula to help you explore areas you may not have discovered – yet. Here is a link to the walking trail page on the website with all the maps.   https://www.loophead.ie/walking-2/

 

Then there is the wildlife.  Loop Head is an important migratory route for birds, making bird watching very popular here, and of course, there are the dolphins. A pod of approximately 200 Bottlenose dolphins live, and play, in the mouth of the River Shannon. Learn more about dolphin watching here – https://www.loophead.ie/things-to-do-ireland-dolphin-watching/

By the time we can all travel again, the wild flowers will be out, making it a joy to walk, drive or cycle along our winding roads. And we will be ready to greet you.

Stay safe.

 

 

Wish you were here . . .

  Sunset at Ross Bay   Wish you were here . . . The birds are singing their little hearts out to attract a mate, and building their nests in readiness for the next generation. The hares can be seen running through the fields as the sun comes up and… ..Read more >
The cliffs of Loop Head

Helpful Information – Helping each other along the way – COVID 19

You are not alone – If you are concerned and need to talk to someone there are people to help.  First of all – if you feel unwell and think you have symptoms of Coronavirus – ring the HSE triage line 185 0241 850. Do not ring 112 or 999.… ..Read more >
Irish shore image

Your experience of Loop Head

Every experience of Loop Head is unique and we would love to hear about it. ..Read more >

Storm watch

Make the most of the dramatic coastline when the weather blows in. With its particularly rugged coastline, the Loop Head Peninsula can put on a particularly awesome show. Winter storms can be very dramatic, particularly on the coast where the seas are thrown into turmoil by the gale force winds driving… ..Read more >
Farm, Loop Head, County Clare, Ireland

Photograph some cattle

Loop Head is a farming peninsula. You will meet cattle on the road sometimes, you will meet them more closely if you stay at a farmhouse b&b, but most often you will meet them happily grazing in most amazing panoramic landscapes, with sea views and jaw-dropping cliff views. ..Read more >

See Poulnasherry Bay

Poulnasherry Bay is stony and unusually rich in wildlife. Poulnasherry Bay has designated shellfish waters under the European Communities (Quality of Shellfish Waters) Regulations. Poulnasherry affords a great view over the slob-lands, which attract large flocks of overwintering wild fowl and waders in particular Brent Geese, Wigeon, and Greenshank. Shelduck… ..Read more >

Go up Corbally Hill

Take the Three Counties Lookout or the Farrihy Lough looped walks to ascent Corbally Hill just North of Kilkee. The view from its summit is magnificent embracing the rim of the Atlantic for 150 degrees: the Aran Islands, the Cliffs of Moher and the Connemara mountains. ..Read more >

Visit the townland of Kilcredaun

The townland of Kilcredaun, one kilometer from Carrigaholt fishing village, contains a number of archaeological buildings including church ruins, a holy well, the 19th century coast guard station, a Napoleonic battery, World War 2 lookout post and Kilcredaun lighthouse. ..Read more >

Come to the Bootleggers Ball

A champagne reception, fancy canapés, lavish food buffet by the Loop Head Food Circle, dance and courtesy bus are all part of a speakeasy early December soirée to raise money for Loop Head Tourism. Join in the fun! ..Read more >

Taste the Loop

With the aim of offering the best possible experience of the food of Loop Head, the restaurants, food producers, cafés and B&Bs of the peninsula have all come together to establish the Loop Head Food Circle. The Food Circle charter is a strong commitment to safeguarding food standards and ensuring… ..Read more >
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Enjoy a steaming pot of mussels

The biggest secret to the amazing shellfish you will eat on the Loop? Freshness! As for the rest of the process: keeping it nice and simple! There’s no better way to cook mussels and clams than steaming, and the reason is simple. When these shellfish cook, they release flavourful juices.… ..Read more >
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