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Tour of the Shannon Region, Southern Ireland

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The Shannon region on the Atlantic west coast of Ireland is home to Shannon Airport, Bunratty Castle, the Cliffs of Moher and a number of other interesting attractions.

The visitor attractions include castles, folk parks, show-caves, museums, water-worlds, sea-life centre's, pet-farms, boat trips and the many interesting towns.

The largest town in the Shannon region is Limerick, third largest city in Ireland with a large variety of hotels, pubs and restaurants. There are many day tours from Limerick to the areas main attractions. Hire cars are also a good way to tour the region, as the roads are not that busy.

The currency in Southern Ireland since 2002 is the Euro. Food and drink prices are compatible with the UK. Beer Prices . Currency Converter.

Flight times between UK Airports and Shannon are about 1 hour 5 minutes.

Ryanair provide regular flights between Shannon Airport and UK Airports such as: London/Gatwick . London/Stanstead . Manchester .

For information on what other UK or International Airlines fly to Shannon, visit: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shannon_Airport.

Shannon Airport is situated about 15 miles west of Limerick with a regular coach service to Limerick cost about 4 Euro. There is also a regular coach service to Galway, about 55 miles north. Taxi Prices. Google Map.

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Limerick City is fast becoming one of Ireland's main tourist destinations, situated about 15 miles east of Shannon Airport.

Tourist attractions in the city centre include King John's Castle, St Mary's Cathedral, Hunt Museum, several seasonal tours, Angela's Ashes walking tour of Limerick City, historical walking tour, boat tours along the River Shannon, Georgian house and gardens and the Treaty Stone.

Adare village and the Foynes Flying Boat Museum, on the outskirts of the city, are also popular attractions.

The Jim Kemmy Municipal Museum, also known as Limerick Museum, is next to King John's Castle. It contains displays on Limerick's history and manufactures.

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Bunratty Castle is situated about 13 miles west of Limerick, 2 miles east of Shannon Airport.

This 15th century fortress, and the 19th century Bunratty Folk Park, are two of Ireland's top visitor attractions.

The Castle is said to be the most complete medieval fortress in Ireland, built in 1425. Bunratty was restored in 1954, and filled with 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art.

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Kilkee is situated about 56 miles west of Limerick.

Kilkee is one of Ireland's leading holiday towns. A cenic seaside town on the western coast of County Clare.

Kilkee overlooks a mile long sandy horseshoe bay, protected from the Atlantic Sea by the Duggerna Reef, that is situated at the mouth of the bay.

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Ennistymon is situated about 40 miles northwest of Limerick.

Ennistymon is a town in County Clare, near the west coast of Ireland, about 12 miles northwest of the town of Ennis, a popular tourist town with a typical Irish main street, with many traditional pubs.

The River Inagh that runs through the town, has some rapids known as the Falls. The popular Falls Hotel is situated behind the main street.

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The Cliffs of Moher are situated about 8 miles west of Ennistymon, about 58 miles northwest of Limerick.

These cliffs stretch for 6 miles, rising up to 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean.

This is one of Ireland's top visitor attractions, now with a new Visitor Centre, not to be missed.

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The Aran Islands, off the west coast of Ireland, by the Cliffs of Mohar, are on the very edge of Europe, with nothing between them and America.

These Islands are rich in the culture and heritage of Ireland.

The tour boats for the Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher depart about 8 miles north of the Cliffs of Moher by the village of Doolin.

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Galway is situated about 52 miles north of Shannon Airport, 67 miles northwest of Limerick.

Galway is the fourth largest city in the Republic of Ireland, with interesting buildings and features. The towns position makes it a popular base to explore the areas such as Connemara, Corrib country, and the Aran Islands.

The town itself has a University, Institute of Technology, Theatres, Cathedral, Castle, Hotels, and Docks as other interesting attractions.

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Dunguaire Castle is a 16th-century tower house on the southeastern shore of Galway Bay, about 18 miles south of Galway.

The castle's 75-foot tower, and its defensive wall, have been recently restored, and the grounds are open to tourists during the summer.

It is said to be the most photographed castle in Ireland.

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Tralee is situated about 63 miles southwest of Limerick.

Tralee is situated at the start of an ancient road that leads south over the Slieve Mish Mountains. By this old road is a large boulder, often referred to as Scotia's Grave, said to be the burial place of an Egyptian Pharaoh's daughter.

This town was founded in the 1200s by Anglo-Normans, and was a stronghold of the Earls of Desmond.

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Killarney is situated about 68 miles southwest of Limerick.

Killarney is a town in County Kerry, southwestern Ireland.

The town is situated north of the MacGillicuddy Reeks, on the northeastern shore of the Lough Lein/Leane, which are part of Killarney National Park.

The Highest mountain in Ireland, the 3,406ft Carrauntoohil is situated about 15 miles southwest of Killarney. This is the top hiking area in Ireland.

The town and its surrounding region is home to St. Mary's Cathedral, Ross Castle, Muckross Abbey, Torc Waterfall, and Gap of Dunloe.

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Ross Castle is situated about 70 miles southwest of Limerick, about 2 miles southwest of Killarney.

Ross Castle is the ancestral home of the O'Donoghue clan, situated on the edge of Lough Leane, in Killarney National Park, County Kerry.

Ross Castle was built in the late 1400s by the local ruling clan, the O'Donoghues Mor (Ross). The Desmond Rebellion of the 1580's saw the castle taken over by the Mac Carty Mor, then leased to Sir Valentine Browne, ancestor of the Earls of Kenmare, then the Brownes of Killarney, and now operated by the Office of Public Works as a visitor attraction with guided tours.

The castle was one of the last to surrender to Oliver Cromwell's Roundheads during the Irish Confederate Wars, it was taken by General Ludlow in 1652, after artillery arrived by boat up the River Laune. More Information . Wiki Page . Google Map / Reviews.


Kenmare is situated about 89 miles southwest of Limerick, about 20 miles south of Killarney.

The town is known for its peaceful location, great food, excellent accommodation, and fantastic scenery.

Cradled in the heart of Kenmare Bay, the town of Kenmare is the good base to discover the South West of Ireland, such as the famous Ring of Kerry tourist trail, and the rugged Beara Peninsula with two mountain ranges up to 2,200ft.

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Bantry House is a stately home overlooking Bantry Bay in the south west of Ireland, about 20 miles south of Kenmare, 104 miles southwest of Limerick.

Bantry House is owned by Egerton & Brigitte Shelswell-White.

Guided tours over the 3 floors, including Drawing Rooms with tapestries from Versailles, the Dining Room, and Library.

All Bed and Breakfast accommodation in the East and West Wings of the House, overlook the Italianate Gardens, Fountain, and the Hundred Steps.


Cork and Blarney Castle is a popular day tour from Limerick, about 56 miles south of Limerick.

Blarney Castle was built in the 1400s by one of Ireland’s greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy.

Over the past few hundred years, millions of tourists have been drawn to Blarney, making it one of Ireland’s top attractions.

This is all to do with the Blarney Stone, the legendary Stone of Eloquence, situated at the top of the Tower. The story goes, kiss it and you’ll never again be lost for words.

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For more information on the Shannon Region, visit: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shannon,_County_Clare.

Shannon Region website: www.shannonheritage.com.

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