Kilbaha, Co Clare
Perched proudly on an enclosure at the tip of Loop Head stands the lighthouse station. Surrounded by birds and wild flowers, cliffs and Atlantic surf, Loop Head offers holiday accommodation with all of the spectacular appeal of the rugged west coast.
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. Loop Head Lighthouse station is a major landmark on the northern shore of the Shannon River. The Lighthouse station is built on a clifftop with 300 degree views of the sea down to Kerry Head and Dingle and across to the Cliffs of Moher.
Special Notes: The lighthouse station is reasonably remote, although Kilbaha village with post office, shop and pub is only 3 miles away. It is recommended that guests bring bottled drinking water as there is no mains supply at the station. Access to the lighthouse tower (for a fee) is only possible during the summer months when the tower is open to the public for tours.
Loop Head Lighthouse station is the 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. The lighthouse complex is built on a clifftop with 300o views of the sea, down to Kerry Head and Dingle, across the Shannon, and up the Clare coast to the Cliffs of Moher to the north.
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, similar in style to the original Howth Head and Old Head of Kinsale lights. Traces of this building still exist in the present day complex. Predictably the light was not reliable and in this remote location, difficult to manage, and it fell into disrepair.
A new light was re-established in 1770 and then the present tower was designed by George Halpin in 1854. The distinctive character of the light - 20 seconds of light followed by 4 of dark - was achieved by rotating a screen around the lamp. This operation was originally manually "wound up" and not replaced by electric until 1971. The station was fully automated in the early 1990s.
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Can I bring a dog?
Yes. Check the Irish Landmark T&Cs re bringing dogs to Irish Landmark properties. This property is only suitable for one dog.
Is linen supplied?
Yes – all beds are prepared and ready for your arrival.
Is there an open fire?
No. However there is a wood burning stove in the sitting room.
Do I need a car to get here?
It would be preferable to have a car as otherwise it will be difficult to get to shops, etc.
How do I get the keys?
When you complete your booking, you will receive an email giving you information about arranging access on your arrival date.
Can I arrive early?
Only by special arrangement with the bookings office and agreement of the local House Manager. A charge is made if you are requesting a morning arrival, as this means we cannot take a booking for the night before your arrival date.
What is the latest departure time?
10.00am. The House Manager will discuss arrangements for your departure on the day you arrive.
How far to the nearest town?
About 10 mins drive back to Kilbaha.
Is there a caterer who will come in to cook meals?
We do not know of anyone who can go in to cook meals at this property.
Is it suitable for children?
There is a twin bedded room upstairs but due to its cliff top location, it would be adviseable to supervise young children.
Is it suitable for older people?
Yes. There is a separate shower room downstairs and a single bedroom on the ground floor.
Does it have facilities for disabled people?
The ground floor shower room would be suitable for the assisted disabled.
Is it suitable for a wheelchair?
Is there central heating?
There is oil central heating with radiators throughout the house.
Is the cooker electric or gas?
Is there a shower?
Yes - there is a walk in shower in the downstairs shower room.
How many bathrooms?
Do you supply towels and bed linen?
Yes. The beds will be made up on your arrival and you will be provided with a bath towel and guest towel according to the number of beds in the property.
Can I get to the house by public transport?
Yes. You would get a train or coach to Ennis followed by a local bus to Kilkee. A taxi could take you onwards from there to the Lighthouse. However, you would need a car to get to local shops, etc.
Where is the nearest train station?
Can I book for just one night?
What is your minimum booking period?
Our minimum booking period from 1st January 2017 our minimum booking period will be 2 nights. Some Special Dates will have restrictions on number of nights and arrival date.
Is there a garden at the house?
Yes. There is a large lawned area.
How many cars can I bring to the house?
Is there parking on site?
Is there outdoor furniture?
Is there a tv?
No, but there is a radio, board games, cards and plenty of books.
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