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Loop Head

08 Jan 16
Sean Maguire
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Loop Head (Irish: Ceann Léime, meaning “leap head”)  is a headland on the north side of the mouth of the River Shannon, in County Clare in the west of Ireland.

loop headLoop Head is marked by a prominent lighthouse. The opposite headland on the south side of the Shannon is Kerry Head. The Shannon Foynes Port Company controls navigation in the Shannon estuary and river.

Loop Head peninsula, has the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Shannon Estuary on the other, with barely a mile of land saving it from island status.

In 2010, the Loop Head peninsula was awarded a European Destinations of Excellence Award, which is an EU accolade for emerging tourism destinations which are developing in a responsible and sustainable manner. In 2013, Loop Head was named the “Best Place to Holiday in Ireland” by The Irish Times.



Kilbaha, the  last village on the Loop Head peninsula, is tucked into a  sheltered bay at the western edge of the Shannon Estuary.

Kilbaha pier was built in the early 19th century to cater for the large numbers of people making their living from fishing, seaweed gathering and piloting the ships going up the Shannon to Limerick docks. It was also used by cargo vessels bringing supplies to Loop Head Lighthouse,  west of the village and on the tip of the Loop Head Peninsula.

Kilbaha is the home of the Little Ark which you can visit at  Star of the Sea Church in the village.