Looking to enjoy the beauty of Clare in just one or two days? Look no further than Loop Head, a stunning peninsula that offers breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, and charming villages. In this itinerary, you will find the best of what this stunning area has to offer, from exploring historic landmarks to enjoying delicious local cuisine. So pack your bags, grab your camera, and get ready for an unforgettable adventure in Loop Head!
Please note: Some businesses may be closed during certain times of the year, so please be sure to check the opening times directly with the businesses before visiting.
Travel on Loop Head E-bikes
These user friendly electric bikes have a long battery life and are a great way to explore Loop Head and the quiet cliff roads. Experience the fresh air of the Atlantic and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the area.
Bikes are available to hire from Mags, at Keane’s Bar in Carrigaholt. Find out more here or contact +353 (0)86 888 6820.
Stop by the Bridges of Ross
Set on the western side of Ross Bay and west of Carrigaholt, the Bridges of Ross were once three sea-carved arches. Though only one ‘bridge’ remains today, visitors still love to marvel at the wonders of this breathtaking feature while enjoying the fresh ocean breeze. If you visit in autumn, you can also admire the beautiful seabirds that fly over the bridge.
It is easily accessible from the car park via footpath. Learn more here.
Visit Little Ark Heritage Centre
Originally the Kilbaha National School, Halla Eoin was recently renovated to create a multi-purpose building which houses the Little Ark Heritage Centre.
Next door to the church in which stands the Little Ark itself, the Heritage Centre tells the whole story of the social, political and religious conflicts of 19th century Ireland, which led to the building of the Little Ark. This now fragile wooden structure has survived for over 150 years is testament to its significance in the history of Loop Head and its importance as a national treasure.
Run by sisters-in-law Ailish and Liz, Kilbaha Gallery is a wonderful stop in Loop Head. This beautiful contemporary gallery represents many professional Irish artists in numerous styles and mediums. Ailish, Liz, and their team ensure a strong and seamless online and in-store shopping experience. The gallery ships art to customers worldwide and professionally packs it onsite, handling all shipping and logistics.
They are also great at advising visitors on the local amenities and best sites. Find out more here.
Tour Loop Head Lighthouse
Enjoy the exhibits in the Lightkeeper’s Cottage and a guided tour up to the Crow’s Nest in the Cottage and then the Lighthouse Tower and balcony for spectacular views. Weather permitting, you’ll have fantastic views south as far as the Blasket Islands and north to the Twelve Pins in Connemara.
As a thank you for visiting Loop Head Lighthouse in a sustainable manner, we also offer a free hot drink to anyone who arrives at the lighthouse on a Loop Head E-Bike!
The Long Dock is an award-winning restaurant in the traditional fishing village of Carrigaholt on the Wild Atlantic Way. Known for their freshly caught seafood, available right on their doorstep, it is a perfect place for a delicious local meal. From fresh oysters served with homemade soda bread to seasonal crab dishes and chowder, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
For reservations, call them on +353 (0)65 905 8106, or find out more here.
See Dolphins at Carrigaholt
Dolphinwatch Carrigaholt operates boat tours in the River Shannon estuary, Ireland’s greatest river. The tours depart from Castle Pier in Carrigaholt and explore the area to observe the bottlenose dolphins that reside there. The skipper and guide, Mary Kate Bolger, is a marine biologist who has extensive knowledge about these dolphins. Not only will she point out fascinating behaviors, but she will also provide insight into their anatomy, lives, and global importance.
The tour also includes a visit to the cliffs to observe birdlife and geology. Occasionally, distant relatives of the dolphins, wild goats, can also be seen! On board, there is also a small café that serves hot beverages, perfect for enjoying at sea. Mary Kate and her crew are always available to answer any questions during the trip.
Walk, explore, and relax in the enchanted Vandeleur Walled Garden, one of County Clare’s most beautiful botanical tributes to Ireland’s rich natural history. Thriving behind old stone walls, this charming medley of plants, mazes, and water features provide a fascinating glimpse into the past. Enjoy the interpretative experience in the stable block, discover local prints in the gift shop, or browse the unique plants for sale – there’s something for everyone!
Why not treat yourself to a delicious meal at the Woodland Bistro during your visit to the garden? With a menu that’s full of fantastic choices, you’re sure to find the perfect option for you. Enjoy hearty breakfasts, delicious lunches, refreshing beverages, and homemade goods. From the savory sandwiches to the delectable desserts, every dish is crafted with care and precision, using only the finest ingredients available. Enjoy!
West Coast Aqua Park in Kilrush is the ideal destination to spend an action-packed day with your friends and family. Indulge in epic adventures on the inflatable obstacle course, jumping from one island to another. This is the ultimate water escapade that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
Everest Island, among the five challenging islands, will get your heart racing in excitement. The Kiddy Splash Park offers a memorable experience for younger children, and they can slide, jump, and climb in the puddle park. You can also enjoy a magical ride on a Swan Pedalo, taking in the breathtaking views of Kilrush Marina.
The price includes wetsuits and buoyancy aids, so you don’t need to worry about bringing your gear. Prepare yourself for an incredible experience!
Myles Creek is a family-owned and operated bar and restaurant in the heart of Kilkee. They constantly strive to give customers the very best experience whilst visiting Kilkee. Opening at 9am, they serve delicious food throughout the whole day, with lunch from noon and evening dining until 9pm.
They also offer a wide range of wines and spirits. During the summer, they even have live music for you to enjoy as you relax after your meal. Find out morehere.
Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. These cookies do not store any personal information.
Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website.