Loop Head Drive Route on the Wild Atlantic Way

A Coastal drive through captivating clare

This scenic coastal drive along County Clare’s cliff-girdled Loop Head Peninsula takes in the coastal villages of Kilrush, Carrigaholt, Kilbaha, Loop Head, Cross and Kilkee before returning to Kilrush - a distance of 81km (50 miles), approximately.

Start Your Journey

Start your journey of discovery in the maritime town of Kilrush on the Shannon Estuary (just southwest of Ennis on the N68) and from here follow the coast road (N67) through Moyasta before turning left onto the L2006, to the small fishing village of Carrigaholt. If you’re lucky, in Carrigaholt you can buy freshly caught fish from Clare's Atlantic fishermen. 

Onward and westward to Kilbaha, Clare’s last parish before America, before heading west again to the very tip of Loop Head where the lighthouse, within a walled enclosure, is one of Clare’s two Signature Points on the Wild Atlantic Way. The lighthouse located where the calm waters of the Shannon estuary meet the powerful Atlantic waves, has been protecting seafarers for over 300 years and its stunning location alone, as well as its surrounding wildlife and wild flowers, makes it well worth a visit.  

Leaving this most westerly point on the journey north on the R487 park at the Bridges of Ross for sightings of rare seabirds before continuing on to the very popular seaside resort of Kilkee with its Victorian streetscape and fabulous crescent beach. 

Leaving Kilkee on the N67, returning once more to Kilrush, do make time to take the 20-minute ferry trip to the fascinating monastic ruins of Scattery Island.

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