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Western Loop Itinerary


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

(7:00am – 8:30am)

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.

Aerial view of Lighthouse Attendant's Cottage from Loop Head Lighthouse

Set Sail to Scattery Island

(8:30am – 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.

Aerial View of Scattery Island

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 tranquillity 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.

Aerial view of the lawns at Vandeleur Walled Garden

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.

Aerial View of the Cliffs of Moher

Dinner at The Long Dock in Carrigaholt

(7:00pm – 8:30pm)

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.

View of the Long Dock in Carrigaholt

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.

Interior Shot of the Light House Attendant's Cottage


View the Route

You can view the route on Google Maps here.

Discover the quaint allure of Lahinch, Kilkee, Kilbaha, and Kilrush as you weave your way through West Clare’s iconic Western Loop.


Crossing the Shannon your journey? Why not skip the road with Shannon Ferries?

Explore the Western Loop with Shannon Ferries

Shannon Ferry Group run 2 roll-on, roll-off, car ferries between Killimer in Co. Clare and Tarbert in Co. Kerry on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way.

From early morning as the mist descends the Shannon Estuary to the Wild Atlantic Sea, to the setting of the sun in the late of the evening.  Shannon Ferries will take you and your vehicle on this memorable 20 minute journey across the estuary linking the iconic tourist destinations of the Banner County of Clare to the Kingdom of Kerry.

This is a lovely experience for visitors who would like a short break in their journey to relax as they sail across the majestic Shannon Estuary. And if you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the dolphins, which in the summer, can sometimes swim so near the ferry, as if just to entertain you.

As the only vehicle ferry trip on the main spine of the Wild Atlantic Way, this invigorating journey allows you experience the rugged nature of land and sea as you breath in the fresh salty sea air that encapsulates Irelands Wild Atlantic Way.

Now it’s even easier and much better value when you purchase your ticket online at

Vandeleur Walled Garden Visitors can save 15% when they book online with the promo code: SHANNONFERRIES2024

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