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Have you visited “The Irish Times Best Place to Holiday” Yet? Every wondered why The Loop Head Peninsula in County Clare won the title? The answer is simple, vast areas of unspoilt beauty, large sandy beaches and hours of coastal walks to explore.

The Loop Head Walking Festival is the perfect opportunity to do just that. The Festival is four days of Walks from the April 28th – 1st of May.

Loop Head Walking Festival on the Wild Atlantic Way

This is a great time to visit the Loop Head peninsula, as it coincides with the Carrigaholt Oyster and Trad Music Festival over the May Bank Holiday weekend.

Choose your walks from the following programme:

  • A: Strenuous walk
  • B: Moderately strenuous walk
  • C: On tarmac or road. Suitable for regular walker

Friday (Book here):

  • 06:00 pm     Walk 1: Victorian Kilkee

Guide: Laura Foley from the Long Way Round walking company

Meeting Point: Stella Maris Hotel, Kilkee

Saturday (Book here):

Guide: Trea Heapes, Yoga Teacher from Purecamping

Meeting Point: Outside Diamond Rocks Cafe

  • 10:00 am:   Walk 2: Loop Head Circuit 4 hours (A)

Guide: Laura Foley of the Long Way Round walking company

Meeting Point: Loop Head Lighthouse Car Park, Kilbaha

  • 03:00 pm:   Walk 3: Big Houses, Batteries & Beaches 2 hours (C)

Guide: Carmel Haugh of Emerald Irish Tours

Meeting Point: Doonaha Church car park

Guide: Emma Haugh of Stella Maris Hotel

Meeting Point:  Stella Maris Hotel

Join us to celebrate Bealtaine, the Celtic Fire Festival.

Guide: Maura Egan

Meeting Point:  Purecamping Querrin

Sunday (Book here):

  • 10:00 am:   Walk 1: Loop Head Circuit 4 hours (A)

Guide: Laura Foley of the Long Way Round walking company

Meeting Point: Loop Head Lighthouse Car Park, Kilbaha

Suitable for families.

Guide: Frances Bermingham and Dr. Simon Berrow

Meeting Point: Stella Maris Hotel

  • 03:00 pm:   Walk 3: Monks, Sailors & Soldiers  2 hours (B)

Guide: Laura Foley of the Long Way Round walking company

Meeting Point: Carrigaholt Post Office

Monday (Book here):

  • 10:30 am:   Walk 1: Nature’s Detectives: 2 hours (A)

Guide: Kevin Heapes of Purecamping

Meeting Point: Purecamping car park

Registration for all walks at Stella Maris Hotel Foyer if you haven’t booked online.

Friday 4pm – 6pm

Facebook: LoopHeadWalkingFestival


While we make every effort to ensure the accuracy of these events, we cannot be held responsible for changes in dates, venues, etc. Please be sure to confirm with the individual organizers.


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13 comments on Loop Head Walking & Heritage Festival

  1. Mary O Halloran

    Please let me have details on the 2014 walking festival.
    What levels are you catering for – ie A, B C levels?
    Start times for routes etc.

    Many thanks

    • Trea

      Hi Mary. We are still finalising the details of the walks and will have that for you in the next week or two. Hope to see you then. The most up to date details will be posted here when we have them and on the Loop Head Walking festival Facebook page. Thanks !!

  2. Yvonne

    Hi there, can you bring your dog on the walks? Thanks Yvonne

    • Trea

      Hi Yvonne,
      Thank you for your interest in the walking festival. I’m afraid dogs are not allowed on the guided walks.
      Farmers in the area have asked us not to encourage dogs on their land, either with or without leads, as they may upset their animals,
      which is very understandable.
      There are plenty of beaches here though where you can take your dog out for a good run.
      Kind Regards

  3. Mary O Halloran

    Re Walking Festival – do you have a brochure on this event please. If so perhaps you might post to me
    at the following address please:

    Mary O Halloran, 65 Abbey Drive, Ferrybank,
    Waterford City.

  4. audrey O’Brien

    Would be interested in the Loop Head Walk, is there a lot of climbing in this or is it just the time that has classed it A category. Can we just do one of the walks.

    • Trea

      Hi Audrey. Not too much climbing but you do need a good degree of fitness and it is uneven ground, and will take about 4 hours. Kind Regards. Trea

  5. Mary Anastatia

    A couple of questions which I am hoping you can answer please.
    How many kilometres are the different walks. Any advice on where to base ourselves as we would be travelling from dublin, also what costs are involved .
    Kind regards

    • Trea

      Hi Mary. I hope you had your queries answered through another route. The Loop Head Walking Festival facebook page is the best place to get up to date answers and information.

  6. claire

    can you tell me if the times are as per above or as per event brites page.

    • Trea

      Hi Claire. These should all be up to date now.
      Thank you for your interest.

  7. claire

    Hi, final question! any probs with booking on the day of each walk. Shall be landing in kilkee saturday afternoon

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