Places to visit by hire car
The Shannon area has a wealth of visitor
attractions in the County Clare area and is also close for touring
Limerick, Kerry and Galway.
The County of Clare offers many
visiting experiences such as Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, just a
short distance from Shannon Airport and also enjoy an overnight stay
in the wonderful Dromloand Castle. The Burren area in County Clare
known for its unusual flora and fauna in this area, and walking in
Kilfenora, also enjoy a traditional Irish music session and dancing
in Doolin and Miltown Malby or visit the breath taking Cliffs of Moher with views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Ailwee Caves and Doolin Cave. The Shannon Region is home to the River Shannon,
Irelands longest river which offers a chance for visitors to enjoy a
cruise or barge holiday on the Shannon which has 150 miles available
to navigate on these beautiful Irish waterways. Lough Derg the
largest lake of this waterway offers some beautiful scenery and
enjoy walking the Slieve Felim Way through Limerick & Tipperary.
Take a visit to the beautiful medieval village of Adare, with
its picturesque thatched cottage lined main street, just 40 minutes
from Shannon Airport. While in Adare visit the sights such as
Desmond Castle, The Augustinian Priory, the beautiful Adare village
park, The Holy Trinitarian Abbey, The Franciscan Friary and home to
the renowned Adare Manor.
Proceed to Limerick with attractions such
as King John's Castle, the Hunt Museum to a visit of Foynes Flying
A trip to Kerry would not be possible without viewing
Muckross House & Gardens, Ross Castle in Killarney and a trip out to
see Killarney Lakes by pony and trap (jaunting cars), passing
through Molls Gap, enjoy the view from Ladies View and the Torc
Waterfall. Visit the Dingle region in Kerry and take a ferry to look
for the friendly dolphin "Fungi" and maybe enjoy a swim with him!
The beauty of the Dingle Peninsula has played host to many films
including Ryan's Daughter with Robert Mitchum and John Mills and
Sarah Mills and Far & Away staring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.
Travel on and enjoy Sneem, take a boat trip out to Skellig Michael
monastic UNESCO World Heritage site. Waterville a favourite visiting
spot of Charlie Chaplin and his family. Kerry offers some wonderful
beaches and bays around the area including Dingle Bay, Kells Bay,
Rossbeigh Strand, Brandon Bay and Ballyheigue and Ballybunion
Beaches. Derrynane, Ventry and Inch Beach, all Blue Flag
A visit to Birr Castle Demesne in South Offaly can be
enjoyed, home to 'The Great Telescope' build in the 1840's by the
Third Earl of Rosse, or walking in the Slieve Bloom mountains and
take in a visit to the large monastic site of Clonmacnoise.
Castle Demesne plays host also to the Irish Hot Air Balloon
Championships in September. Explore Nenagh Castle in Tipperary built
by an ancestor of the Butlers of Ormonde, Theobald FitzWalter, also
in Nenagh see the remains of the Franciscan Friary, the Gate House
of the former Gaol and an example of Gothic architecture in the
local parish Church of St Mary's.
Golf in the Shannon and
surrounding areas is plentiful, choose from any of the below for
just a selection of Irish Golf Links and Courses:
- Lahinch Golf Course - Links golfing
- Doonbeg Golf Club
- Woodstock Golf Club
- Kilrush Golf Club
- Ennis Golf Club
- Shannon Golf Club
- Dromland Golf Course
- Adare Manor Golf Club
- Waterville Golf Course - Links golfing