Touring Loophead Light House: Loop Head, Co Clare


Loop Head Lighthouse - Photo by Tony Calland

Loop Head Lighthouse – Photo by Tony Calland

Loophead. Open to the public again this year after last years trial.

I had forgotten just how far away this is from our home, an hour down to Ennis and another hour down to the point. Definitely better to do this after the ferry crossing from Kerry but well worth it. The day was good but not the best… a good breeze blowing and just enough mist/cloud to limit the views. The car park was packed, mainly native’s and a few hire cars, lots of kids. We did though get to go up inside the Lighthouse, buying the tickets for €3 each and then finding out there would be a half hour wait (good job we hadn’t eaten the packed lunch). Gave time for a few photo’s and a walk to the edge (not too close in that wind). The guided tour of the lighthouse and parking was worth the money if you combine the two and forget that the parking is free without going into the light — still not bad for less than the price of a pint.

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Early retired, Anglo-Irish living in rural east Galway. Well travelled on the Island of Ireland and a regular contributor to a number of Irish travel forums (aka tony2phones). Interests are mainly rural locations, photography, local festivals and events. Travel with my partner Christina and dog Brogan. Tony’s Tips

4 Responses

  1. Michele Erdvig June 21, 2012 at 4:58 am #

    One of my favorite spots. I haven’t been back since the lighthouse opened. I must do that soon.

  2. Eileen July 2, 2012 at 3:48 am #

    We were there in the summer of 2010 and they had tours of the lighthouse then. They have art classes and a little gallery where you can purchase paintings of the lighthouse on slabs of rock of various sizes. They also have a little cafe and gift shop.

    We really enjoyed our afternoon at the lighthouse. it’s well worth a visit.

    • Eileen July 2, 2012 at 3:53 am #

      Sorry, we were at HooksHead lighthouse not loophead.

  3. Jeannine Cain August 2, 2012 at 5:39 pm #

    Just near here is “The Church of the Little Ark” which holds the little altar which was carried about in the “ark” when Catholics were not allowed to say Mass on the land. It was carried out in the water and people would walk many miles to attend.

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