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