Here’s a Bright Idea! Visit Loop Head Lighthouse in Beautiful West Clare

Here’s something for the weekend: Visit the Loop Head Lighthouse in Clare.

Located along the Wild Atlantic Way in beautiful West Clare and perched on the tip of the Loop Head Peninsula, Loop Head is one of the twelve Great Lighthouses of Ireland and is operated by the Commissioner of Irish Lights.

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A fine lighthouse to visit! Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

The tradition of a lighthouse on this spot goes back to 1670 and you can learn about its long and fascinating history with interactive displays in the Lightkeeper’s Cottage or take a guided tour up the lighthouse and experience the fantastic vista from the balcony. You might be lucky to spot some whales or dolphins!

The popular attraction brought in nearly 27, 000 visitors in 2015 representing a 32% increase on the previous year. The lighthouse is part of the Loop Head Heritage Trail which recently won the award The Best Cultural Heritage as part of the 2015 World Responsible Tourism Awards.

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Beautiful West Clare Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan

Loop Head Lighthouse opens daily from 10am – 6pm.

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