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The Loop Head Peninsula Drive in County Clare, Ireland

The Loop Head Peninsula Drive In County Clare, Ireland

The Loop Head Peninsula drive in County Clare was the last thing we had time to do in Ireland, and I believe we ended our trip on the best note possible. The Loop Head Peninsula is just a small part of the Wild Atlantic Way, a scenic, 2,500 km driving route along the western coast of Ireland. Dramatic cliff-side views and towns with delicious, fresh seafood make up this portion of the route. Since we were short on time, we drove along the coast for the majority of the drive, skipping most of the towns, and preferring instead to stop at lookout points along the way to take pictures. At one of the main lookouts, we were even able to find a path we could hike down that brought us to the base of the cliffs right along the water. Once again, we felt like the only people in all of Ireland. After we left our starting point in Kilkee, we didn’t see a single other person until we made it to the lighthouse at the end of the Loop Head Peninsula drive. It’s bizarre how deserted this part of the country is this time of year!

We had woken up our last morning in Ireland feeling wiped out after three days of traveling and the inevitable lack of sleep that accompanies that, but as soon as we got on the road, rolled the windows down and turned the music up, you’d think our morning tea had been laced with Red Bull. We were running all over the place and acting like fools every time we got out of the car to explore. And why not? There was no one there to see but us. I blame it on the fresh air – something about that and wide open spaces always makes me giddy.

Since I don’t know the names of the places we stopped at, and because something like this is always better described in pictures than words, I’m going to cop out of a thoughtfully written blog post and simply share a few photos from the lookout points we stopped at. For part one of our Loop Head Peninsula journey, check out the post from where we started – Kilkee, Ireland. That post also contains a map of the Loop Head Peninsula drive, so it may be a good idea to begin there if you haven’t already seen it!

The Loop Head Peninsula Drive In County Clare, Ireland

The Loop Head Peninsula Drive In County Clare, Ireland

The Loop Head Peninsula Drive In County Clare, Ireland

The Loop Head Peninsula Drive In County Clare, Ireland

The Loop Head Peninsula Drive In County Clare, Ireland

The Loop Head Peninsula Drive In County Clare, Ireland

The Loop Head Peninsula Drive In County Clare, Ireland

The Loop Head Peninsula Drive In County Clare, Ireland

The Loop Head Peninsula Drive In County Clare, Ireland

The Loop Head Peninsula Drive In County Clare, Ireland

The Loop Head Peninsula Drive In County Clare, Ireland

Slán agat, Ireland! Hopefully we’ll be seeing you again soon!

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The Loop Head Peninsula Drive In County Clare, Ireland

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  • Katrin
    May 21, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Ireland looks almost too beautiful to be true. :) Thanks so much for sharing all your fantastic pictures. I hope you will be able to visit again soon!

  • Boo boo
    May 20, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Brilliant glad you got to see this part of our country! I’ve been going there every year of my life for weeks on end yet every time I see those views, I can’t get enough. You should come back for all the swimming options in July, August, September & October. And just so ya know, whoever told you “slán agat” needs to be reprimanded, it’s “slán leat”. :-) fair play for making the effort with the language though! Really glad you enjoyed it :-)

    • Sarah Shumate
      May 21, 2014 at 8:17 AM

      I feel the same way – I’m positive I could return here again and again and feel the same way about it each time! I’ll keep the summer months in mind next time!

      I’m afraid the mistake is likely my own with the Irish goodbye. I received a short lesson in basic Irish phrases from a man in a pub one evening and he told me the difference between ‘slán agat’ and ‘slán leat’, but by the time I got home I must have mixed the two up! He told me, “When it doubt, just use slán.” I should have followed his advice! :)

  • Jo
    May 20, 2014 at 8:07 AM

    Really pretty! Can see why you enjoyed your trip so much

  • Quyen Nguyen
    May 19, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Beautiful pictures! A great way to end the trip.

  • Tina @ Girl-Meets-Globe
    May 19, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Cute photo of you two!

  • Mandy Southgate
    May 19, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Aaah, what beautiful photos! I do love yor thoughtfully composed blog posts but sometimes photos do tell the best story!

  • Emmymom
    May 19, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    So so beautiful! That would be so awesome, and also kind of creepy, to be so alone out there.

  • Brooke Neal
    May 19, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    I’ve been following your adventure in Ireland and it has inspired me to put Ireland on my list. Such beautiful pictures. I loved the story about driving on the one lane road with the tractor behind you. Such a vivid image of you jumping out while the car was still moving. Very funny!

  • Katrina Elisabet
    May 19, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    What stunning scenery! Love all those pictures.

  • andrea
    May 19, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Gorgeous!