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Loop Head

Loop Head is a cape in the northern part of the mouth of the Shannon River. It is located in the west of Clare County in the Republic of Ireland.

The peninsula runs roughly from the Kilkee line, on the Atlantic Ocean, and the swallow area at Moyasta, on the Shannnon, to the southwest to end in the cliffs at the mouth of the Shannon. The larger villages on the peninsula are Carrigaholt, Kilbaha and Cross.

The most extreme point of the peninsula has a striking lighthouse. The 219-meter-high LORAN antenna, proposed in 1992, never came around due to problems with building permits and resistance from the environment.

In 2010, Loop Head is awarded the label European Destinations of Excellence. In 2013, the Irish Times declared the peninsula “Best Holiday Place in Ireland”  and was selected in the category “Best Destination” at the World Responsabile Tourism Awards. The Loop Head Peninsula is finally the only Irish destination listed in the Global Sustainable Top 100 Destinations in 2014 and receives the Gold Medal at the Irish Responsible Tourism Awards in 2015.

Access : Coordinates: / Loop Head is located on the west coast of Ireland, County Clare, and is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Shannon Estuary./ Loop Head is connected to the nearby town of Kilkee by the R487 road.

Highlights :

  •  Loop Head lighthouse : The lighthouse is built on a promontory of the Loop Head Peninsula. It is located on the west coast of Ireland, in County Clare, and bounded by the Atlantic Ocean and Shannon.
  •  Loop Head Car Route : from Kilkee and take the famous Loop Head Car Route, you will be captivated by the spectacular cliffs, the turbulent seascapes and the historical places that you will find along the way.
  •  Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Filming was shrouded in mystery, with the iconic Loop Head lighthouse closed to the public while the Jedi masters of the world of cinema worked their magic.
  •  Scuba diving, you’ll like to know that Jacques Cousteau called this place the best place to dive in Europe. Local experts such as Nevsail Watersports and the Dive Academy in Lahinch can help you face these water challenges.

Activities : Coasteering  : an exciting combination of climbing, swimming, jumping and exploration in pools between rocks, cliffs and caves./ sightseeing / photo opportunities / trekking / Dolphinwatch boat trip / Scenic Driving- Auto Touring : adventure on the Atlantic coastal route. / Nature Viewing

Go next : Ross’s bridges were three marine arches on the north coast of the peninsula./ A short walk away from the lighthouse, in a place known as Lovers’ Leap / Kilkee , a town in County Clare.

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