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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 1971, and automated in 1991.

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.

Loop Head lighthouse will be closed for the 2020 Season to facilitate upgrading of the public water supply and other essential works.  For direct enquiries contact Clare County Council at 


Adults:  €5.00

Children:  €2.00

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

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17 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

  8. Eoin

    Visited the lighthouse a number of weeks back and came across the most ignorant woman at the ticket desk. Counting money and then telling us we didn’t have enough to bring the children in to see the lighthouse even though she counted the correct amount. She would not give us a receipt and the tour itself lasted all of 5 Mins and 4 mins was going up the stairs. Not worth it. Left a comment card but never got a response on the lady and her attitude towards us.

    • Ian

      I apologise for your experience. As you realise Loop Head Tourism is not responsible for managing the lighthouse. I will pass your comments on to Clare County Council

  9. Stephen Moore

    I feel I have to take to complaining about my experience today 1/7/2018 at the light house. My wife, I and 2 young girls just 2 and 12 weeks wanted to see the light house we couldn’t pay by card my wife had to rummaged for cash in the fort of lose change we found €9:50 and I joked sure it’s only 50 cent of it was €5 per person. Sadly we were turned away as we were told “I’m not the boss” plan B was waiting I Brit my little girl in. Armed with €5 I was then told that my these old would be €2:50. This is madness. I was outraged. Who charges in for a 2 year old. Refusing to pay I was walked away again. Still in the car park I googled the light house to.my horror I saw that under 12’s go free.

    I walking back and shows to the woman in the kiosk. Oh I’ll have to check with my boss.

    It saddens me that I walked away again I I will no be returning to light house. If this is the attitude of staff.

    More common sense and brains was required but sadly this did not happen

    • Ian

      I apologise for your experience at the lighthouse, as you are aware Loop Head Tourism is not responsible for the management of the lighthouse but I will passe on your remarks to Clare County Council

  10. eileen Mcgrath

    Hi can u stay over night in lighthouse if can I get a gift voucher as a christmas present .

    Thank You

    • Ian

      you have to book through Irish Landmark Trust

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