Scenic road trip, part of the Wild Atlantic Way which takes you on a leisurely circle around the spectacular scenic coastline of Loop Head.
On the northern coast, take the road, sign posted as ‘The Loop Drive’ on the west end of Kilkee. When on this road, you will travel along the coast and witness the most spectacular views of the cliffs, sea stacks and stumps. Bishops Island can be seen, which is famous for causing the sinking of the Intrinsic ship. The site of this shipwreck is now known as ‘Intrinsic Bay’. The cliff views are spectacular and some people say the cliffs in Kilkee are more breathtaking then the Cliffs of Moher. One will witness some of the most spectacular scenery there is available on the Irish Coastline. This drive will take you on towards the village of Cross where you take a right turn bringing you onto the road for Kilbaha. The Bridges of Ross and The Church of the Little Ark are two locations recommended to visit.
On the southern coast, when leaving Kilbaha take the road to Cross and on to Carrigaholt and through Doonaha and Querrin which will take you out on the main road half way between Kilkee and Kilrush
Bridges of Ross
Once a trio of spectacular natural sea arches until two eventually fell away into the sea
Only one lone bridge stands today but the name is still left in the plural form
The bridge lies on the western side of the natural harbour that is Ross Bay, which looks north on to the Atlantic Ocean
The bridge is not evident from the road but very easy to find
Once parked, head west from the car park and walk for a few hundred metres along the footpath to the location of the bridge
This area is regarded as one of the best seawatching sites in Europe
In late Summer and Autumn, it becomes a birdwatchers paradise as thousands of rare seabirds pass close to the shore
View from Loop Head of Atlantic side
View of coastline from Loop Head
View from Keatings at sunset
Wild Atlantic Way Kilbaha Monday 6th January 2014 08.30