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Discover the Western Loop!

Come see what West Clare has to offer!

Prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey through the enchanting landscapes of the Western Loop in West Clare. Weave your way down country roads, through picturesque towns such as Lahinch, Kilkee, Kilbaha, and Kilrush, experiencing the quaint charm and local culture as you go. From historic landmarks to awe-inspiring vistas, each stop along this coastal circuit promises to captivate your senses and leave you with unforgettable memories.

Wake up to a stunning view at Loop Head Lighthouse.

(07:00am – 08:30am)

Begin your day in the newly renovated Loop Head Lighthouse Attendant’s Cottage. As you gaze out onto the wild Atlantic waves, fuel up for the day’s adventures with a hearty breakfast. Afterwards, take a stroll around the picturesque environs, soaking in the tranquil atmosphere of this remote location before hopping in the car and heading down to Kilrush.

Set Sail to Scattery Island

(08:30am – 12:30pm)

The next leg of your Western Loop adventure begins when you set sail from Kilrush Marina for Scattery Island, one of West Clare’s hidden gems. Board a ferry with Scattery Island Tours and traverse the glistening waters towards this mystical isle. Immerse yourself in the Island’s allure, from historical ruins to breathtaking vistas, as your guide provides you with the rich history of the island. After the tour, return to Kilrush and head over to the nearby Vandeleur Walled Garden for a bite to eat.

Lunch on the Lawn at Vandeleur Walled Garden

(1:15pm – 3:00pm)

Relax and refuel amongst the botanical splendour of Vandeleur Walled Garden, a sanctuary of tranquility nestled in the heart of Kilrush Wood. Here, you will enjoy a delicious lunch on lawns, surrounded by the fragrance of blooming flowers. After you eat, you’ll be treated to a guided tour where you will learn about the garden’s rich history as well as the flora and fauna that call Vandeleur Walled Garden home.

Marvel at the Majestic Cliffs of Moher.

(4:00pm – 6:00pm)

After leaving the tranquil lawns of the Vandeleur Walled Garden, prepare to be awe-struck as you arrive at the majestic Cliffs of Moher Experience. Explore the visitor centre and learn about the delicate ecosystem surrounding the cliffs. As you traverse the cliff paths, be mesmerised by panoramic views that stretch across the horizon. After working up an appetite hiking along the rugged trails, head out to Carrigaholt for dinner at the Long Dock.

Dinner at The Long Dock in Carrigaholt

(7:00pm – 8:00pm)

Hop in the car and drive back down the coast towards the traditional fishing village of Carrigaholt. Delight your palate at the award-winning Long Dock with the freshest local fare, sourced directly from the nearby bay by the skilled hands of the local fishermen and Sealyons Seafood. As you dine amidst the rustic charms of your surroundings, relish in the culinary craftsmanship that has earned the Long Dock accolades such as the McKenna Guides Top 100 Restaurants, Georgina Campbell Recommended, and Gold Star Winners at the Taste Awards 2017.

Return to Loop Head Lighthouse Attendant’s Cottage

(9:00pm – Onward)

As the sun dips below the horizon, return to Loop Head Lighthouse Attendant’s Cottage, your sanctuary by the sea. Share tales of your day’s adventures over a cup of tea or a glass of wine, savouring each moment as the day comes to a close. Take a leisurely evening stroll around the environs, where the cliffs meet the sea, and bask in the splendour of a sunset painting the sky in hues of crimson and gold.

Day 2

Explore the beautiful towns and villages of Kilkee, Carrigaholt, Cross, Kilrush, Spanish Point and Kilbaha.

Explore Kilkee

Take a refreshing morning walk along the Kilkee Cliffs, enjoying the dramatic coastal scenery. Wander through the charming seaside town of Kilkee. Visit the beach and stop into some of the amazing café’s to grab a coffee or a sweet treat to start the day.

Discover Carrigaholt

Visit the historic Carrigaholt Castle, built in the late 15th century, around 1840, by the MacMahons, one of the prominent Gaelic families in the region. While in Carrigaholt, make sure to take a leisurely walk along the scenic pier.

Quick Stop in Cross Village

Make a brief stop to explore the small Village of Cross. Take some time to visit the local church or snap some photos of this peaceful rural village.

Explore Kilbaha

Stop by Kilbaha Gallery for a taste of local art and crafts. Enjoy the local beauty and stop into Keating’s Bar and Restaurant for a refreshing drink or a snack.

Discover Kilrush

Enjoy a walk around the picturesque Kilrush Marina and explore the beautiful town featuring a range of local shops and café’s.

Brunch for 2 at The Armada Hotel Spanish Point (Included in prize)

Indulge in a delightful brunch at The Armada Hotel with stunning views over Spanish Point beach. Taste some local dishes including fresh seafood from the delicious brunch menu at The Armada Hotel. After brunch, take a leisurely stroll along the beautiful Spanish Point Beach while embracing the serene coastal views.

View the route!

You can view the route on Google Maps here.

Competition Time!

Enter your details in the form below to be in with a chance of winning a complimentary Western Loop Experience.

By completing this form, you agree to be contacted by the Clare Collection’s Attractions.

All entrants must have liked the Cliffs of Moher Experience Facebook page for their entry to be complete.

Additional Experiences in County Clare

Falls Hotel Afternoon Tea

Falls Hotel & Spa

After your morning at the Burren, unwind in the later afternoon at the Falls Hotel & Spa. This eco-friendly hotel is nestled in a serene, wooded vale, alongside the picturesque River Inagh. Located at the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way and just 10 minutes from the Cliffs of Moher, it’s the perfect- retreat.

Indulge in a delightful afternoon tea and pamper yourself with a relaxing spa treatment. Come and experience a truly rejuvenating escape in the heart of County Clare.

  • Subject to availability, Terms and conditions apply.
Doolin Cave Stalactite

Doolin Cave

Discover Europe’s Largest Stalactite

Experience a world in one at Doolin Cave – from its magical limestone wonderland 70 feet below ground, to the splendour of the 23 feet long Great Stalactite. From the wild natural beauty of the Eco Trail to the rich textures and colours of Doolin Cave Pottery, available for you to buy and take home as a memory of this very special place. One destination, so much to discover.

Burren Smokehouse 23

Burren Smokehouse

Situated near the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren Smokehouse is dedicated to an award-winning small batch production of Burren Smoked Organic Salmon from the west coast of Ireland. The owners, Brigitta Hedin-Curtin and Peter Curtin, built the Burren Smokehouse in 1989, with Peter designing both the smokers and the patented process still used to produce the smoked salmon today.

You can step into the Burren Smokehouse world with bookable experiences like: Taste the Atlantic – Salmon Experience, VIP Tours into the smoking facility guided by the owners, Craft Beer tastings and brewery visits in the Roadside Tavern and Whiskey Tastings.

Wilde Irish Chocolates

Discover the delightful world of Wilde Irish Chocolates in County Clare’s charming village of Tuamgraney on the shores of majestic Lough Derg in East Clare. Immerse yourself in the authentic chocolate-making experience as you witness the skilled chocolatiers in action and soak in the sweet aroma of melting chocolate.

The factory is open to the public, making it an ideal outing, rain or shine and is great for kids of all ages. For an extra treat, book one of the guided visits and tasting experiences or build your own chocolate bar experience and customise your very own version of the signature Wilde chocolate bars to take home.

Afterwards, treat yourself to a well-deserved break at the Hot Chocolate Café. Be tempted by a selection of eight flavours of hot chocolate, coffee, and tea, perfectly accompanied by scrumptious handmade chocolate treats straight from the factory. Leave time to check out the amazing chocolate shop.