Plan Your Visit

We’re Waiting to Welcome You

We look forward to welcoming you at Loop Head Lighthouse, County Clare, Ireland. Here, at the edge of the world on the Wild Atlantic Way, we guarantee you a visit filled with the very best of maritime magic within a spectacular setting.

To help you make the most of your visit, here is some essential information

COVID 19 CLOSURE PERIOD: Following on from Irish Government announcements in relation to COVID-19,  Loop Head Lighthouse will be closed until further notice. We apologise for the inconvenience and are acting in the best interests of public health and the wellbeing of our customers and staff. We also wish to play our part in the global effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus. As soon as have updates to share we will feature them on this website. Please check back

Open Dates and Tour Times 2020

For the summer season, Loop Head Lighthouse is open daily from Friday, April 10, to Sunday, September 27 2020. It is always advisable to check this website for updates.

Tours take place every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour. The First Tour commences at 10am. The Last Tour commences at 17.30pm.

A maximum of 15 visitors will be permitted per time slot. It is therefore advisable to book your preferred date and time online on this website to secure your space.

Tour Prices and Booking Advice

You can see tour prices here. Booking online secures your tour space and also saves you money.

Accessibility

The small lighthouse exhibition is fully accessible, with accessible toilet. The Lighthouse tower is only accessible on a guided tour and includes many steps – There are two steps leading into the lighthouse at ground floor level. Within the lighthouse there are – 18 steps to Landing 1, 18 steps to Landing 2, 18 steps to Landing 3 and 20 steps to Light/top of lighthouse. The tower is not suitable for wheelchair users, for visitors with reduced mobility, vision impairments, a fear of heights, or for young children. The tower is also not suitable for service animals.

Parking

Free parking at the lighthouse

Refreshments

There are limited refreshments on site.

Our Location – allow generous travel time

We are located in Kilbaha South, Co. Clare. Please allow plenty of time to reach us. If driving from Shannon Airport allow more than 90 minutes. If driving from Ennis, allow more than 80 minutes. If driving from Kilrush, allow more than 40 minutes. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled tour time. More details below.

See and Do

View

Panoramic views of dramatic rugged coastline, wild seas and big sky await. Take a guided tour of the Lighthouse – climbing up the tower and going out onto the balcony. Weather permitting – you will be able to see south as far as the Blasket Islands, and north to the Twelve Pins in Connemara, along the Wild Atlantic Way. The balcony is also the perfect vantage point from which to spot whales, dolphins and seals, while the rock ledges and caves of the cliffs are home to many beautiful seabirds – including fulmars, kittiwakes .
Look to the north and you will also see four great promontories and cathedral-sized caverns.

Discover

Uncover the fascinating history of Loop Head lighthouse with interactive exhibits in the Light keeper’s Cottage,

Explore

Take a bracing cliff top walk , enjoying the level land that is lit with beautiful wild flowers – pink thrift, yellow vetch and white campion.

At the edge of the peninsula you’ll see a sea stack known as Diarmuid & Grainne’s Rock or Lover’s Leap – mythical lovers who spent the night on this rock while fleeing Grainne’s betrothed, Fionn. There is also an interesting relic from the Second World War: huge white letters cut into the grassy cliff top to spell out the word E-I-R-E. This was one of 85 EIRE signs placed along the western Irish seaboard so that American and German pilots knew that they were passing over neutral territory.

How to Get Here

By Car

Loop Head is accessed from the N67 Kilrush-Kilkee road.

From Dublin: 288km/ three hours and 30 minutes.
From Cork: 190km/ two hours and 45 minutes.
From Killarney: 105km/ two hours and 30 minutes.
From Galway: 120km/ one hour and 45 minutes.
From Limerick: 90 km/ one hour and 15 minutes.

Loop Head Lighthouse has its own car park facility.

By Public Transport

You can travel by train to Limerick or Ennis train stations. Buses run regularly to and from Kilkee and Kilrush. Taxi transfers can be arranged to your accommodation. For more details visit www.transportforireland.ie.

Shannon Ferries

This Ferry provides crossing of the River Shannon between Co. Clare and Co. Kerry.  Go to www.shannonferries.com.

By Plane

Shannon Airport is our local airport only 1 hour 30 mins away.

Private Chauffeur Service

Private chauffeur service available from all Irish airports.

Private Taxi Service

Private taxi service is available from all locations.