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Loop Head lighthouse is one of irelands attractions

The tip of Loop Head is as far west as you can go in County Clare. Following the grass path on foot around the lighthouse complex takes you to the westernmost extremity of the peninsula.

From there, on a clear day, you can see north as far as the Connemara mountains, northeast to the Aran Islands, and south, past the Brandon Mountains, to the Blasket Islands off the Kerry coast.

Slightly to the north of the headland stands the majestic seastack named Diarmuid and Gráinne’s Rock, at the point known as Lovers’ Leap (see Myths and Legends). The seabirds and the Atlantic waves band together there in a deafening concert.

The tiny cairn on top of Diarmuid and Gráinne’s Rock – always a source of puzzlement to visitors – was put there in 1990 by two English climbers who abseiled down from the headland and climbed up the sea stack. They survived.

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