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At the western tip of County Clare, where the calm waters of the Shannon Estuary turn
into the powerful waves of the Atlantic, you’ll find Loop Head Peninsula. Travel along Loop Head Drive to the western end of the peninsula to see its famous lighthouse, which sits on land dotted with colourful wild flowers. You can climb to the top of the lighthouse and take in splendid views that stretch from County Kerry to the Cliffs of Moher. At the very end of the peninsula there is also a relic from WWII: large white letters spelling É-I-R-E, which let pilots know they were entering neutral
This area is a wildlife haven too, with thousands of seabirds making their nests on the
rock ledges and an estimated 160 bottlenose dolphins living in the mouth of the Shannon
River. If you’d like to see these majestic animals up close, you can take a boat trip
from Carrigaholt, or follow the road from Kilrush to Aylevarro Point to see them playing
The Wild Atlantic Way is a feast for the belly as well as the eyes. With the freshest local ingredients and inviting food festivals, you'll encounter great taste at every turn.
Explore this specially illustrated map for highlights of particularly striking locations on the route. Read on for our recommendations around these beautiful areas, along with captivating videos from local people telling you more...
Culinary artistry and fresh produce abound along the Wild Atlantic Way. Among sweeping vistas, artisan food producers and gifted chefs combine in a melting pot designed to tantalise.