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.

Loop Head Lighthouse is currently closed and will reopen in July 2022.

Open Dates and Tour Times 2022

Please check back to the website over the coming weeks for exact re-opening dates/times.

Book online will save you time and money

When we are open, booking online secures your tour space and also save you money.


The small lighthouse exhibition is fully accessible, with an accessible toilet.

The Crow’s Nest exhibition area is only accessible on a guided tour and includes steps so, therefore, is not suitable for wheelchair users or for visitors with reduced mobility.
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, or visitors with reduced mobility, vision impairments, a fear of heights, or young children. The tower is also not suitable for service animals.


Free parking at the lighthouse


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


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.


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


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

Shannon Ferries

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

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.

Coming Soon – a New Story to Tell

Loop Head Visitor Experience Project Enhancement and Sustainability Plan. While the Visitor Experience will be open in the Summer of 2022, Clare County Council has also lodged a planning application for the proposed upgrade and enhanced visitor experience facilities at the Wild Atlantic Way Signature Discovery Point at Loop Head, Kilbaha, Co. Clare. This is under Section 177AE and full detail of this planning pack is located here

In addition, upgrade works have been completed at Loop Head Lighthouse with funding from the Department of Rural and Community Development under the Rural Regeneration Development Funding, first call in 2019.