Loop Head Lightkeeper’s House

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.

  • Sleeps 6

  • 1 Dog Allowed

  • From €473 for 2 nights

  • Wood Burning Stove


  • 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.



    • 2 Double Bedrooms (one is located downstairs)
    • 1 Twin Bedroom
    • Oil Fired Central Heating
    • Wood burning stove in Living Room
    • Electric Oven
    • Microwave
    • Dish Washer
    • Fridge. Small freezer above.
    • Towel and Lines Provided
    • Travel cot/crib for infants (under 2 years), on request
    • Hair Dryer
    • Iron and Ironing Board
    • Cooking Utensils and Equipment
    • 1 Bathroom
    • Separate WC
    • Radio
    • Car Parking
    • Patio

    WiFi Free Zone:  Irish Landmark believes that digital detox is good for the mind, body and soul.  This is why Irish Landmark properties advocate the properties in our care as WiFi and television free zones. Reconnecting with our lives, nature, our surroundings, books, as well as family and friends, is vital for a happy life. This continues to make us very proud and happy to be a WiFi Free Zone.

    Special Notes:

    • There are cliffs nearby. Children should be supervised at all times.Guests are advised that there can be strong winds at the location.
    • Please note that occasional outdoor events take place at lighthouse properties from time to time throughout the year.
    • 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 is from March to 31st October and there is a fee. Please contact for more information.

    Please note:  Irish Landmark properties that welcome a pet may not have secure enclosures.  It is vital that you supervise your pet during your stay

    A contribution towards energy fees is applied to all bookings.   As a not for profit organisation, this fee makes a significant contribution to energy costs.   It is our aim to reduce our energy consumption at all self catering properties and encourage guests to reuse, reduce, recycle.
  • history

    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.

  • visitor book

    "Like it? Are you mad – I loved it! One of Ireland’s best kept secrets!"

    Martin, Dublin

    "It’s been an all-too-short weekend, but a lovely stay in a unique location nonetheless. The colours around the sea and the skyline are like nothing you will see in a city environment. Cleansing, refreshing, a place of reflection. Thanks so much!"

    Shay, Dublin

    "Our stay has been exceptional! Love the lighthouse, location, etc. I may never get back but it won’t be for lack of wanting to! I shall dream of this trip forever!"

    Gina, USA

  • Loc8: PJL-58-BJ9
    GPS: 52.560611 , -9.932157


    Our buildings were made to the standards of earlier times – and sometimes without the intention that they should be lived in.  Consequently, you may encounter features that reflect their particular character but that deserve due care and attention, particularly by the young, elderly, less mobile or visually impaired.  Examples of these are steps worn with age, uneven surfaces, low ceilings and beams, unexpected drops or changes in level, and by modern standards low or absent lighting.  In all cases we have sought to make a sensible compromise between due regard for safety and the careful retention of the fabric of each building, which makes it an interesting place to stay. We ask you to appreciate and use the building with this understanding. If you have any queries about the property you are interested in and would like more clarification please contact Irish Landmark at

    Arrival and Departure Time?

    Unless otherwise agreed with the House Manager the earliest time at which you can check in is 4.oop.m.  Guests may NOT take over the property any time later then 9.00pm.   Guests are requested to vacate the property by 10.00am at the latest on the day of departure.

    Is there a TV?

    No, but there is a radio, board games, cards and plenty of books.

    Is there WiFi?

    No, at our properties you have an opportunity to experience the best of a former way of life:  beautiful architecture, fascinating history and a peaceful relaxed ambiance, without modern electronic distractions, where you decide the pace of your holiday.

    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.   There is a limited amount of fuel left for the fire (where applicable) so guests may want to bring more for the duration of their stay.  Please contact the local House Manager for more information on what type of fuel is used at your chosen property.

    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 double 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?

    Electric cooker

    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?

    Irish Landmark Trust have a 2 night stay minimum at all of our properties.  Some Special Dates will have restrictions on arrival and departure date which will effect the minimum number of nights.

    Is there a garden at the house?

    Yes.  There is a large lawned area but it is not enclosed.

    How many cars can I bring to the house?


    Is there parking on site?


    Is there outdoor furniture?


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