The visitor experience at Loop Head Lighthouse will remain closed this year due to refurbishment works.
It means there will be a significant drop in visitors to one of the peninsula’s main attractions, even as other tourism providers there are opening their doors this week.
Following a successful application to the Rural Regional Development Fund, and the subsequent signing of a 25 year lease to run Loop Head Lighthouse Complex, Clare County Council has made the decision to refurbish the visitor experience at Loop Head lighthouse.
This means it won’t re-open until next summer.
Works will include the provision of mains water to the site – tankers have been used to date.
The Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage accommodation is still available for booking this summer, and the Wild Atlantic Way Signature Discovery Point there will be accessible too.
However, the visitors centre there will be closed, and tourists won’t have the opportunity to climb to the top of the lighthouse to take in the panoramic view of surrounding counties, and the Atlantic Ocean.
This is despite the lighthouse featuring prominently in promotional material for visitors to come to Clare and the Loop Head Peninsula, including in a recently published online video.