Lighthouse

  • Built in 1670
  • Tower is 23 metres high and was built in 1854
  • The range of the light is 23 nautical miles and the white light flashes four times in 20 seconds
  • It converted to electricity on 1871 and was automated in 1991
  • The lighthouse was officially opened in June 2011 and in the first five weeks over 12,000 people visited the attraction
  • Loophead lighthouse was officially opened by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who’s grandfather was a lighthouse keeper there, during the 1930’s. Mr. Kenny and his family visited the lighthouse on the opening day, along with Dr. Aleida Guevara, daughter of revolutionary figure Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara
  • Special thanks to all elected members of Clare County Council and in particular, our local Councillor Gabriel Keating, TD Pat Breen and Director of Services, Ger Dollard.
  • During the summer months the lighthouse tours are open from 10am to 5:30pm and during the weekends in March and April.
  • Contact us before visiting to confirm the opening times so not to be disappointed
  • Guided tour up the tower and out onto the balcony which on a good day allows one to see as far south to the Blasket Islands and north to the Twelve Pins in Connemara
  • There is also a museum tour on offer for 3 Euro or a package deal of the lighthouse tour and museum visit for 5 Euro, children go free
  • The museum allows the visitor to learn how the operation of the lighthouse has changed over the years
  • The grass path around the lighthouse takes you to the westernmost extremity of the peninsula
  • Fáilte Ireland approved

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    Éire Sign:

    Éire Sign: In 1943, the Éire sign was constructed by the members of the local coast watch service. The Éire sign was used to alert passing Allied aircrews that they were passing over neutral Ireland during World War Two. The sign is located at the back of Loop Head Lighthouse and is six metres high and twelve metres long. These Éire signs can consist of up to 150 tonnes of stone. Throughout Ireland, there are very few intact Éire signs left and the few that are left are located in very remote areas. The original sign at Loophead, had been somewhat forgotten about over the years, but with the help of local people and the studying of aerial photographs the location was identified. On August 17, during a test dig, the location of the É was found.

    The Murray brothers, Patrick and John Senan volunteered their services and with their excavator and machinery were able to remove the surface covering the letters. Local people then offered their time to help place 150 tonnes of stone and after careful placement it was time to whitewash the letters. The sign itself is not covered by the National Monuments Act so permission was needed from the members of the Commonage before the work started. A crew from RTÉ Nationwide also visited the area to talk to members involved in the discovery of this Éire sign and the work that was involved in restoring it. Ailish Connolly, a local woman was the driving force behind the project but at the end of the day it was a huge effort from everyone in the community to fully complete it.


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    Walking

  • Guided tours allows one to take in wildlife, history, geology, heritage and the scenery
  • The Loop Head circuit is approximately 15km
  • The Long Way Round Walking Company offers professional guided walks and hikes around one of the last truly unspoilt landscapes in Ireland. Local guide Laura Foley’s schedule includes nature and birdwatching walks, heritage walks, which last approximately 2 hours. One can gain access to areas of beauty which are otherwise inaccessible to visitors
  • Carmel Madigan, a local artist and naturalist presents botanical and shoreline walks which explores the local hedgerows and biodiversity of the shorelines

  • The Long Way Round (Carrigaholt)
    Phone: +353 (0) 86 409 9624
    Email: info@thelongwayround.ie
    Web: View Site

  • Carmel Madigan (Cross)
    Phone:+353 (0) 86 819 7726
    Email: Email: ctmadigan@eircom.net
    Web: View Site

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    Walking

  • Ina Krieger shares her knowledge of Loop Head on tailored guided walks that will bring you to the most beautiful and interesting places. From stunning cliff walks and lighthouse trips, to the impressive Bridges of Ross and a visit to the historical ‘Church of the Little Ark’, Loop Head has so much to offer! The many different types of birds and flowers will appeal to nature lovers and the geology and history of the area makes for a very interesting trip indeed.
  • We'd also love to help with your holiday planning, B+B's, Hotels, Camping, Restaurants and activities. You can join some activities 10% cheaper when you have been on a walk with us! Our 2 hour walk costs €20. The longer walk of 5 hours costs €50 and incl. Lunch in Keating's Bar and Restaurant (Homemade soup, sandwich, tea or coffee) AND a visit to Loop Head Lighthouse.
    If you would like to go on a walk,

    Text 00353-(0) 87-9132599
    Contact Ina via Facebook at Umwege Wandern
    Email: inakrieger@hotmail.com

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