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Loop Head lighthouse in County Clare

Loop Head lighthouse

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An Irish lighthouse that shines and broadcasts a DGPS signal for GPS navigation


Loop Head lighthouse


Set on the end of the Loop Head Peninsula in West Clare, Loop Head lighthouse offers visitors in the lighthouse keepers cottage interactive exhibits. Complete the visit by taking the guided tour up the lighthouse tower and enjoy the views from the lighthouse balcony with its red railings.

Loop Head lighthouse on a clear day offers of the Blasket Islands and the Twelve Pins in Connemara along the Wild Atlantic Way.

Loop Head lighthouse began its life as burning coal atop a platform set on the roof of the cottage that the original lighthouse keeper lived in.

The construction of a lighthouse tower began in 1802 and was later replaced with a newer tower in 1954. Up until 1869 its light was fixed and was later updated to a light that flashed 4 times every 20 seconds.

In 1971 the lighthouse was converted to operate via electric and 20 years later became fully automated.

Loop Head along with Mizen Head and Tory Island are the only 3 sites in Ireland that broadcast a DGPS signal that improves the accuracy of GPS navigation systems used by mariners.

Loop Head lighthouse and lighthouse keeper cottages

Loop Head lighthouse and lighthouse keeper cottages

Loop Head lighthouse in County Clare

Loop Head lighthouse in County Clare

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Full property details and booking terms and conditions are available on the relevant property page(s).
Entry fees, opening hours and other information is correct as of publishing, April 2018.


   

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