Loop Head Lightkeepers' House
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Loop Head Lighthouse station is the major landmark on the northern shore of the Shannon River and only 5km from Kilbaha Village, County Clare. The surrounding coastline is of a dramatic character with cliffs and caves.
Loop Head Lighthouse station is the major landmark on the northern shore of the Shannon River. Set near Kilbaha, County Clare, the complex is built on a cliff top with panoramic views of the sea down to Kerry Head and Dingle, across the Shannon and up the Clare coast to the Cliffs of Moher.
There has been a lighthouse at this important navigational location since 1670. The light was manually operated until 1971, when electricity was introduced to the station. Loop Head Lighthouse was fully automated 20 years later.
Today, the lighthouse serves as a unique self-catering accommodation, with three bedrooms, one bathroom and a separate WC. It also features an open fire, oil-fired central heating and patio.
There’s plenty to see and do in County Clare, from the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, to the rocky limestone terrain of The Burren; a medieval banquet at Bunratty Castle (which dates from 1425) and more than 250 castles in various states of preservation. The Aran Islands, one of the few remaining places where Gaelic is used in daily life, are accessible by boat trip from Doolin. Golf, pitch and putt, fishing, horse riding, water sports, and hill walking are all readily available for the active tourist.
Please note, guests should bring bottled water, as there is no mains water supply. The station is reasonably remote, although Kilbaha Village, with post office, shop and pub, is only 5km away.