Loop Head Co. Clare, Querrin
Lodges with private showers in a gorgeous orchard permaculture garden with two natural ponds near a shingle beach on the peninsula of the same name. Views of the mouth of Ireland’s largest river, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Kerry Mountains.
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From £395 for a weekend out of season
Why we've chosen Loop Head Co. Clare, Querrin
Trea, Kevin and children Aisling and Lúghadhrun this award-winning location for eco-camping on the south side of the Irish Loop Head peninsular.
Loop Head is on the peninsula of the same name: the Irish Times’ "Best Place to holiday" 2013 winner, with little beaches everywhere and lots to do. They are themselves Responsible Tourism Silver Award winners as best small accommodation provider. Loop Head specialise in yoga and sauna sessions. A lovely community feeling exists in this environment.
The lodges are sited in an orchard permaculture garden with two natural ponds for biodiversity, and fruit bushes. Enjoy views of the mouth of Ireland’s largest river, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Kerry Mountains to the south then follow the woodland trail. There are two living willow “beehive huts” by the woodland, which is accessible via a child-size entrance into the "children's den". Here, is a big tree that children have made their own, decorating it and placing stones for seating. Exploring, you'll meet Lizzie, old Beamish and Scamp, child-friendly dogs. Donkeys, Betty and Jack will happily feed from your hand. Old Dubh (Gaelic for black), the cat often sits with guests. Hens, cockerel and Monty the pony, when back from the local riding centre in April, Sept and Oct, complete the little menagerie.
Loop Head have their own walking maps. Querrin Shore shingle beach is a 20-minute walk where you can swim at high tide. At low tide, walk to the "island", a Natura 2000 designated Special Protected Area (SPA). It has resident curlews, oyster catchers, herons and egrets. The peninsula offers great whale and dolphin watching too. Glasheen beach at Doonaha is 4kms away: a perfect sandy beach.
To sustain you, book the pizza oven and Kevin will help with your first pizza. Eat and drink well nearby at Murphy Blacks, the Strand Bistro, The Long Dock in Carrigaholt, Keatings Bar in Kilbaha or enjoy fresh seafood at the pier of the neighbouring village. There is a festival here every month until September. The focus of these includes seafood, walking, families and one of Trea and Kevin’s own specialities, yoga. Horse riding and trekking, bike hire and water sports are close too.
Top green features of Loop Head
wood for heating and cooking
Directions from station:
From Listowel you will need to get a cab as Querrin is delightfully remote.