As we are now entering the Open season for sea watching at the Bridges of Ross, I feel I better post some advice for the novice or newcomer to the Loop. The weekend of 20th and 21st August is the start of Heritage week 2011 and Sunday morning sees the annual Birdwatch Ireland Clare Branch Outing to the Bridges for a sea watch.The following weekend is the British August Bank Holiday and this is when we see an influx of British and European birders descend on Loop Head.
How to find the Bridges.
The Bridges of Ross are approximately 20 km from the town of Kilkee, the entrance gate to the Loop Head Peninsula. The Bridges are situated on the North side of the headland less than 3km from the village of Kilbaha. This landmark is well signposted in the locality.
The Bridges of Ross © John N Murphy
From this aerial photograph you can see the lie of the land at the Bridges. Only one bridge remains and it can be found in the bottom right hand corner of this photo. It is a three minute walk to the bridge from the car park. Just follow the footpath across the cliff top and it will lead you to the Bridge. The favoured seawatching spot is on the west side of the horseshoe bay in the middle of the photo. This spot has been tried and tested for over 25 years and offers the best shelter from west and north west winds.