Perched proudly on a clifftop at the tip of Loop Head stands the Lighthouse Station – a major landmark on the northern shore of the Shannon River. The surrounding coastline is of a dramatic character, with cliffs sculpted by Atlantic storms where rock ledges and caves are home to seabirds, seals and other maritime animals. There has been a lighthouse at this important navigational location since approximately 1670. The first beacon comprised of a cottage in which the Keeper and his family lived, with a large brazier on the roof. Traces of this building still exist in the present day complex. A new lighthouse was established in 1770 and the present tower was added in 1854. The light was manually ‘wound-up’ until 1971, and the Station was fully automated in the early 1990s. The property has recently been carefully and lovingly restored, and the result is an absolutely amazing & unique vacation spot.
The Loop Head Lighthouse Station has been carefully and lovingly restored by the Irish Office of Public Works and Irish Landmark Trust. The outstanding character and charm of the property has been preserved, while also creating a modern, cozy and inviting environment for guests.
Lighthouse Station Features & Amenities:
- 1 Double Bedroom
- 1 Single Bedroom (1st Floor)
- 1 Twin Bedroom
- 1 Bathroom
- Wood Burning Stove
- Electric Cooker & Microwave
- Iron & Ironing Board
- Radio, Board Games, Cards and Books
- Garden & Garden Furniture
- All Linens & Towels Supplied
NOTE: The Lighthouse Station is reasonably remote, although Kilbaha village with post office, shop and pub is only 5 kilometres / 3 miles away. It is recommended that guests bring bottled drinking water as there is no drinking water available at the house. Access to the Lighthouse Tower (for a fee) is only possible during the summer months when the tower is open to the public.
The Loop Head Lighthouse Station is your own personal vacation rental retreat.
There will be no other guests or a management presence during your stay, and therefore no meals are included or supplied.
The House has a Kitchen with cooker, so it is perfectly possible to prepare your own meals.
A variety of pubs, restaurants and shops are available within a reasonable drive of the House in the villages of Kilbaha (5 km), Carrigaholt (17 km) & Kilkee (26 km).
On The Map: The Loop Head peninsula is situated in the southwest corner of County Clare on Ireland’s western Atlantic coast.
In 2010, the Loop Head Peninsula was acclaimed as a European Destination of Excellence (one of only 22 chosen throughout Europe). The Peninsula offers some of the most beautiful scenic views, walks, untouched traditional Irish landscapes and the cleanest air that you are likely to experience anywhere in Europe. The scenic Loop Head drive, which starts in Kilkee town, heads along the spectacular, rugged coastline to Loop Head Lighthouse. As well as breathtaking cliff walks with wild scenic views, ruined promontory forts and early oratories, there are many more sites not to miss. To mention a few – the natural bridge (Bridges of Ross – pictured), the Moneen Church with its ‘Little Ark’ – a wooden mobile hut, which once served as a church in earlier times, as well as a number of rare birds, whales, dolphins and seals. On a fine day you can see the hills of Connemara to the north and the mountains of Kerry to the south.