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From the stunning Cliffs of Moher to the beauty and flora of the Burren lunar landscape and onto the stunning cliff walk of Georges Head and awesome scenery of the Loop Head Peninsula your senses will savour a unique treat. Kilkee with its cosy cafes, bustling restaurants and pubs is at the centre of it all.
With dramatic sea cliffs flanking the north side of the peninsula, and the softer shores of the Shannon estuary on the south side, it makes for two very different landscapes.
In 2010, the Loop Head peninsula was awarded a European Destinations of Excellence Award, which is an EU accolade for emerging tourism destinations which are developing in a responsible and sustainable manner. In 2013, Loop Head was named the “Best Place to Holiday in Ireland” by The Irish Times and was shortlisted in the Best Destination category at the World Responsible Tourism awards. The Loop Head Peninsula is the only Irish destination listed in the 2014 Global Sustainable Top 100 Destinations and in 2015 took the Gold medal at the Irish Responsible Tourism Awards.
Kilkee is situated on Moore Bay – a beautiful horse-shoe shaped bay, the entrance of which is protected by a stunning reef known as Duggerna Rocks. Since the Victorian era, Kilkee has been a popular tourist destination. The Town has a unique climate, natural amenities and coveted bathing areas. At its height of popularity, the railway carried nearly 250,000 people to Kilkee annually. While the town has retained its charming 19th century Victorian atmosphere – it also has all essential, modern facilities you need to complete your perfect holiday.
Origin of Name: Kilkee takes its name from ‘Cill Caoidhe’ or ‘Coidhe's Church’, from the site of a little burial ground.