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Discover Loop Head

A Beautiful Natural
World in One

Loop Head Peninsula is situated in West Clare, Ireland – and comprises the villages of Cross, Kilbaha and Carrigaholt, as well as the charming seaside town of Kilkee, with its beautiful sheltered bay and stunning beach.

Over the years, Loop Head has attracted everyone from birders and dolphin-watchers, to Star Wars film crews and historians. Having earned its name as one of the Wild Atlantic Way’s most dramatic headland – Loop Head offers something for everyone.

To See

The spectacular cliff scenery of the Peninsula’s coastal road is second to none, and to the east you’ll be treated to views of the Bridges of Ross – natural arches of limestone. Birdlife is rich here, and there are around 160 bottlenose dolphins living in the waters. You should be able to spot them playing in the area – or take a Dolphin watch boat trip from Carrigaholt.

To Do

From walking to cycling and snorkelling in natural pools, to windsurfing, sailing and horse-back riding – Loop Head Peninsula is an adventure waiting to happen.

To Enjoy

You’re in seafood heaven! Sample fresh oysters, mussels, crab, white fish and mackerel, along with the best local produce including free range eggs and meat and homemade baked goods.

Quick Loop Head Facts

  • Loop Head Peninsula was awarded a European Destinations of Excellence Award in 2010 – in recognition of its commitment to developing tourism in a responsible and sustainable manner
  • In 2013, Loop Head Peninsula was named the ‘Best Place to Holiday in Ireland’ by The Irish Times
  • The Loop Head Peninsula is the only Irish destination listed in the 2014 Global Sustainable Top 100 Destinations
  • In 2015, the area took the Gold medal at the Irish Responsible Tourism Awards

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