Looking to enjoy the beauty of Clare in just one day? 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!
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.
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