About the Property
Loop Head, Kilrush, Co. Clare
A stay at Loop Head Lightkeeper’s Cottage is a wonderful way to recharge your batteries on the Wild Atlantic Way. There is plenty of space in the cottage and a room for reading and relaxing, or watching the sea and possible sightings of sea life. The location is as remote as you could ever hope to be so stock up with provisions, bring a good book, enjoy the day trips around the amazing Wild Atlantic Way and watch the sea roll by. Our maritime heritage is alive and well at Loop Head and a short break here is a chance to make some great memories.
We think you’ll love
- The location at the edge of the world
- Taking a tour up The Lighthouse (open seasonally)
- Whale and dolphin watching from the reading room
- Touring the Wild Atlantic Way
- 2 Double Bedrooms (one is located downstairs)
- 1 Twin Bedroom
- Oil Fired Central Heating
- Wood burning stove in Living Room
- Electric Oven
- Dish Washer
- Fridge with freezer section
- 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
- Car Parking
Things you should know
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, the nearest shop is in Cross village which is a ten-minute drive. Larger shops are located in Kilkee (20 mins) or Kilrush (35 mins) drive 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 31 October and there is a fee. Please contact www.loophead.ie for more information.
Irish Landmark properties that welcome a pet may not have secure enclosures. It is vital that you supervise your pet during your stay
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.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arrival and Departure Time?
Unless otherwise agreed with the House Manager the earliest time at which you can check in is 4.00p.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. This ensures that our House Managers have enough time to prepare the property to our high standard for the next guests.
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.
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.
Is there an open fire?
No. However there is a wood burning stove in the sitting room. We supply fuel for the first night of your holiday. 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.
Where can I find information about the local area?
Each of our properties contains a Green Book catered to that specific property. In this book, we have compiled all of the necessary information important local amenities such as medical centres and taxi services, including locations and phone numbers. You will also find tips for recommended restaurants, bars, and things to see and do for all ages.
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?
Yes, but children must be supervised.
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?
As our buildings are built to standards of earlier times, unfortunately they are not wheelchair accessible.
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?
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?
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.
Is there parking onsite?
There is onsite parking for 2 cars.
Is there outdoor furniture?
Wha condiments and products do you supply?
We supply teabags, coffee granules, sugar, salt & pepper, cooking oil, tin foil & kitchen roll, handwash, washing up liquid, dishwashing cloths, and dishwasher tablets if there is a dishwasher. We do not supply any other cleaning products that contain chemicals, including laundry detergents – we suggest you bring your own.
HOW TO BOOK AN IRISH LANDMARK HOLIDAY :
It is possible to reserve dates online at www.irishlandmark.com but bookings are not confirmed until a confirmation email is received from the bookings desk.
Your booking must be for holiday purposes only. Irish Landmark reserve the right to refuse hire for purposes other than holiday accommodation. When you make a booking, you accept full responsibility for all persons who will use or visit the property during the period booked. When you book, you agree to indemnify us against all loss and damage arising directly or indirectly to the property and its contents from any deliberate or negligent act or omission by yourself, or any person accompanying you.
CONTRACT OF HIRE:
The hiring contract shall be between the Hirer and Irish Landmark and made subject to these Booking Conditions . The Contract of Hire is not effective until Irish Landmark dispatches to the Hirer written confirmation of a booking.
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.
- 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 www.loophead.ie 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.
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Well Needed Break
“I had my reservations about staying here but I was wrong. The place was fantastic! The photos do not do the place justice. Great location with a special room upstairs that look out to the ocean.The lighthouse lights came on around 8.30pm , so mother and myself spent almost 2 hours at night looking at the lights flashing…. Great location to go walking around the cliffs. A great place to unplug from the world.”
A great getaway
“A beautiful place to get away from it all. Just a perfect place to unwind and enjoy the stunning surroundings.”