Loop Head : Guided Tour of Lighthouse Tower and Balcony

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A Guided Tour of the Loop Head Lighthouse - where the cliffs meet the sea and the mighty Shannon meets the wild Atlantic. Learn about the history of the Lighthouse and the lives of the keepers.

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  • Lighthouse Tower | Breathtaking Views | Fascinating History | 23m high |
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  • Location | Loop Head | County Clare | Wild Atlantic Way


On this guided tour visitors can learn about the lives of the Lighthouse Keepers and their families in a remote rural community and how they managed the current 1854 built tower. Listen to our local guides explain the history and design of the light itself and the Fresnel Lens which revolutionised Lighthouses in the 19th century. Finally, be immersed in the wonderful landscape with its towering cliffs and unique flora and fauna. Since the year 1670 Loop Head has been the site of a beacon to guide the seafarers along the rugged Clare coastline. Now standing 23 metres tall the current George Halpin designed lighthouse is the third to be built on this site. Located at the most westerly point in County Clare Loop Head Lighthouse offers a view into infinity and a fascinating look into the past. The drama of Ireland’s rugged West Coast shoreline and the soft beauty of Co. Clare’s postcard-pretty countryside. A trip to Loop Head Lighthouse is a visit of contrasts, centered around this symbol of hope that has perched majestically on the scenic headland of Loop Head peninsula for hundreds of years, looking down on the fury of the Atlantic Ocean 90 meters below. Here a world of beautiful seabirds, seals and dolphins meet breathtaking views from the Lighthouse balcony as far as Dingle and Connemara.


Climb the Lighthouse Tower Enjoy the views from the Lighthouse Balcony Marvel at the knowledge of our friendly and expert guides View our Audio Visual Presentation Read our information boards at your leisure

Important Information

  • Children must be capable of ascending and descending the staircases unaided. Babies are can be carried up the tower if they are securely fastened to an adult in a baby carrier or papoose, they cannot just be held in an adults arms. Lighthouse Tower is 23m high with 74 steps (with three landings). From time to time we may have to cancel the tours in line with Government Meteorological advice (eg. high winds or storms)

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Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund


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