Burkedale House & Cottage
Burkedale House & Cottage


The Loop Head Pennisula to Scattery Island

'Clare's Secret Peninsula'

Maeve Tynan

Loop Head Peninsula

Bound on one side by the Shannon Estuary and on the other by the awesome power of the Atlantic Ocean, Loop Head has always been defined by its relationship with the water. As you drive south from Kilkee and embark on the famous Loop Head Drive, you will be wowed by the dramatic cliffs, turbulent seascapes and historic sites you’ll encounter. Drive to the very tip of the peninsula and you’ll come to the imposing Loop Head Lighthouse. There’s been a lighthouse on this site for well over 300 years but this one dates from 1854 and is open to the public.  Take the Dolphinwatch boat trip from Carrigaholt to the mouth of the Shannon, you’ll have the chance to see some of the 160 or so bottlenose dolphins that live in this EU Special Area of Conservation.

Scattery Island

An hours drive from Burkedale House Scattery Island is well worth a visit. This little island, now uninhabited, offers a calm and tranquil environment in which visitors can explore a wonderful range of interesting sites all within walking distance.

Scattery Island contains the remains of an ancient monastic site featuring a round tower, the cathedral, and several medieval churches. As well as these historic sites the island also has a lighthouse, an artillery battery, the deserted village where the islanders once lived and beautiful semi-natural grass land which is home to an array of wild bird, animal and plant life which is of great interest to ecologists who visit.

Ferries depart from Kilrush Marina from May to September with two/three sailings daily.

Walking in West Clare

The Kilkee Cliff walk on the Loop Head Peninsula is a scenic  8Km moderate loop walk along the Kilkee Cliffs starting the Diamond Rocks Café, Pollock Holes car park. This stunning walk starts from the unmissable natural swimming pools known as the Pollock Holes and passes great places of interest, a natural amphitheatre carved into the cliff face by formed by the waves over thousands of years, a natural blow hole in the rock face known as the Puffing Hole and next arriving at Intrinsic Bay, named after a ship which sank along with all 14 people on board in 1836. From here you start the return journey with a moderate to steep climb before joining the main road back to Kilkee. For a short, 4 kilometre walk, turn left here and head back towards Kilkee town. For this 8 k loop walk, turn right along the coast until you come to a left turn. This road has beautiful views over the town coming down Moveen Hill taking you back to Kilkee. For a shorter trail walk you can turn before the road and return down the hill to the café.

'Wonderful! Comfortable cottage, extremely well equipped. So pleased we were able to stay at very short notice. Well situated for exploring County Clare, a beautiful and interesting area'.


Stay in our peaceful, clean, comfortable self-catering accommodation while you explore this fascinating area

Check in is available from 4pm on the day of arrival & check-out is 11am on the day of departure.

Why not order a Breakfast Basket of delicious homemade goodies and local produce delivered straight to your door.

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Nordic Walkers enjoying the sunset over the Atlantic Ocean

nordic walking

Joanne & Tony are both qualified Nordic Walking instructors who have a wealth of knowledge on all things walking……