The Loop Head peninsula on the west coast of County Clare juts into the Atlantic Ocean like a gnarled finger pointing westard. It is bounded on the north and west side by the Atlantic Ocean and the south by the River Shannon Estuary.
The Loophead lighthouse is like a sentinel overlooking the whole area. From the edge of the ocean your next stop is Boston with no dry land between here and there. The area is sparsely populated with Kilkee being the only centre of population. The attractive villages encompassed on the peninsula, Cross, Carrigahold and Kilbaha are relatively small and untouched by development. The peninsula is extensively farmed, mainly with beef cattle and dairy herds.
Loop Head is the winner of the European Destination of Excellence 2010 and also the Irish Times Winner of the Best Place to Holiday in Ireland in 2013. It won this award for its beauty untouched, amazing activities and Eco friendly tourist area.