Loop Head is a slender finger of land pointing out to sea from the most westerly point of County Clare, on the Wild Atlantic Way. Cinched between the ocean on one side and the Shannon Estuary on the other, this tiny peninsula would be an island but for a meagre mile of land connecting it to the rest of Co. Clare. Despite its isolation, its people are far from insular, having spent hundreds of years welcoming strangers by water. In 2010, Loop Head became a European Destination of Excellence in aquatic tourism. It’s also right in the middle of the Wild Atlantic Way, 2,500 kilometres of the finest coastal scenery in Ireland.
Loop Head epitomises what the Wild Atlantic Way is about: panoramic cliff views, abundant local seafood, your choice of aquatic activities, and plenty of quiet beauty spots where you can pause and wonder at this unforgettable part of the world.
Loop Head Heritage Trail
The internationally recognised Loop Head Heritage Trail can be accessed on foot, bike or car, depending on what speed you wish to explore the peninsula at. Trail maps can be picked up at any of the Loop Head Tourism network businesses (look for the locally crafted bronze disk on the premised wall). Or you can download the trail here: Loop Head Heritage Trail PDF.
To add to your experience and to minimise physical signage impacting the landscape, Loop Head Tourism have created an audio guide which tells the story of the 14 sites on the trail. You can view and hear excerpts on our heritage page by clicking HERE. Alternatively, if you would like to download the trail to your phone, use the GuidiGo app available on iPhone and Android. It’s free, you just have to install the app, register an account with GuidiGo using your email address, or sign in with your gmail or google account or Facebook account. Once installed, download the trail to your phone, it only takes 2-3 minutes with Wifi … and you are all set … give it a whirl … and enjoy !!! Keep a look out on the peninsula for these unobtrusive trail markers which mark the relevant sites.
Download a PDF Map of the Heritage Trail here.
Loop Head, County Clare