Loop Head

Country/territory: Ireland

IBA Criteria met: A4iii, C4 (2000)
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Area: 401 ha

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Site description
Loop Head is the most westerly point in County Clare, approximately 20 km south-west of Kilkee. The site comprises horizontally stratified vertical sea cliffs with stacks, rising up to 60 m, and the surrounding sea area. There is a lighthouse on the headland.

Key biodiversity
Breeding seabirds include nationally important numbers of Rissa tridactyla (690 pairs, 1987) and Uria aalge (4,010 birds, 1987). This is a good site for sea-watching, with a large passage of skuas Stercorarius and shearwaters Puffinus in late summer and autumn.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Loop Head. Downloaded from on 31/03/2023.