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If it’s solitude and spectacular scenery you’re after ,then you’ve come to the right place in Shannon. Shannon is well connected with the second biggest airport in the Republic of Ireland, which connects the area to a range of international destinations. There’s also a superb championship golf course right next door to Shannon Airport, but as you tee off, look out for the big metal birdies.

The Shannon River is 214 miles long, making it the longest river in the British Isles and the river gives this beautiful region in the mid west area of Ireland its name, as it weaves through County Clare and Limerick. The Lough Derg forms its eastern boundary and to the west is a rugged Atlantic coastline with magnificent cliffs and golden beaches.

Highlights on a tour of Shannon have to include Bunratty Castle and the Cliffs of Moher. Shannon’s towns and villages have real rural beauty and charm - some so small that you get the idea everyone knows each other, but that doesn’t stop them from giving visitors a warm Irish welcome.

SHANNON’S TOP 10

10. Shannon’s Farmers Market is a bustling smorgasbord of locally grown produce and Irish delicacies.

5. Go green at the Im Eco Farm, where there are working displays of alternative energy sources.

9. Atlantic Airventure is Shannon’s Flight Simulation Centre. Take control of a Jet to get a bird’s eye view of Ireland’s virtual skies.

4. Have fun whatever the weather at Clare Leisure World with 10-pin bowling and Quasar for light relief on dull days.

8. Ballyhannan Castle is a fab example of a traditional Irish keep, with postcard perfect views across the River Shannon thrown in.

3. Take precautions if you’re visiting Shannon’s Kilnaboy Medieval Church. It’s got a medieval fertility symbol above the door.

7. Visiting the Burren is like landing on another planet with its ultra-dramatic limestone landscape dotted with monuments older than the pyramids.

2. Whet your whistle at the Bunratty Winery and try and buy their famous honey wine mead and recently legalised potent potcheen.

6. The Belltable Arts Centre, Shannon, is a veritable melting pot of drama, dance, music and the arts

1. Shannon’s Ailwee Cave is a beautiful prehistoric tunnel of gold and yellow limestone with awesome light effects, so bring a camera.

SHANNON EVENTS

Dance the winter blues away at the Shannonside Winter Music Weekend in January. A dose of traditional ceilidh will lift the spirits and keep you warm.

Lovers of literature gather in Ennis for the Book Club Festival in March. It’s a sociable Shannon event to be sure.

Honour the ancient god of arts and crafts with modern family fun at Shannon’s Lughnasa Festival , Craggaunowen in July.

For good old-fashioned country fun head to Shannon’s Bunratty Folk Park for the Traditional Harvest Day Festival in September and see them threshing grain just like they did 100 years ago.

The Pig ‘n’ Porter in Limerick, Shannon, is Ireland’s biggest and best Tag Rugby Festival where over 100 teams play over 3 days. Takes place in July with not a pig or porter in sight.

For a week-long celebration of music, song and dance head to Ennis for Shannon’s annual Fleadh Nua.

The Spancil Hill Horse Fair in June is where you can join Shannon’s travellers and traders do deals. You can relax with a pint of the black stuf and listen to traditional music.

Fill up on fresh air and fun at the Shannon County Show in Ennis, with competitive country sports and entertainment on offer in July.

The Ennis Trad Festival takes place in November and is trad by name and trad by nature. Shannon’s best music fest.

Ireland honours its patron saint on 17th March with plenty of craic to be had by all, but pace yourself since St Patrick’s Day goes on all weekend across Shannon.

WHEN TO GO

• Shannon, like the rest of Ireland, enjoys a temperate maritime climate, giving it weather which is mild, damp and changeable with a lack of temperature extremes. The most amount of sunshine occurs in the summer months when there will be a fair few sunny days.

• The average temperature overall in Shannon is just over 10°C with the average high during the summer months around 20°C and the coolest minimum average around 2°C in January and February.

• The driest days are in April – so April showers are out - with the most amount of rain falling in December. But Ireland is not the Emerald Isle for nothing – rain can be expected on 217 days a year, so arm yourself with a brolly.

GETTING THERE

• Shannon is easily accessible by air with Shannon International Airport at the heart of the region and 200 inbound flights per week, from the UK, Europe and North America. Cork airport is also less than 90 minutes away from the region.

• Shannnon is approximately 3 hours’ drive from Dublin, Rosslare and Dun Laoghaire ferry ports with fast crossings from a number of UK ports.

• The area also benefits from rail connections with Dublin and Cork, and is reachable from any railway station in Ireland. There is a network of good national roads as well as a large number of more scenic routes – Bus Eireann operates a regular bus service throughout the region.

Hotels in Shannon

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1 Oak Wood Arms Hotel

3 stars
4.3 / 5 4 reviews

Bothar an Aerfoirt Shannon Town, Co. Clare Map

Enjoy a true Irish welcome and explore the uniquely beautiful part of Ireland along with luxurious accommodation, first-class dining and flawless service during your stay at the Oak Wood Arms Hotel... More

Doesn't shine
If you are coming through this part of Ireland and wish to attend Bunratty Castle then geographically this hotel is well placed. Built around the 70,s this corporate hotel is showing its age. If...
14 Aug 2014
From US$62

2 Clybaun Hotel

3 stars
5.0 / 5 5 reviews

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Assuring courteous service and quality amenities, the Hotel Clybaun Galway prides itself as an ideal location for business and leisure travellers. GeneralHotel Clybaun Galway Galway features a... More

Great hotel
Hotel was perfect for our stay and staff and amenities was spot on. Look forward to returning.
14 Apr 2015
From US$110

3 Imperial Hotel

4 stars
4.6 / 5 5 reviews

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Imperial Hotel Cork is a haven of tranquility located in the centre of Ireland's second city. Close to all shopping amenities and financial districts the hotel is an ideal place to relax after a... More

Ideal City Centre Hotel
Got the bus from the airport and walked around the corner from the bus station to the hotel, very easy checking it. No safe in the room which worried me. Room comfortable and clean, would stay...
1 Jul 2015
From US$69

4 Menlo Park Hotel

4 stars
4.6 / 5 14 reviews

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3rd night free, Breakfast included & one dinner

One of the city's finest, the award winning Menlo Park Hotel Galway is known for its distinctive designs and high quality accommodation. Its friendly location is ideal for sightseeing around the... More

Back in Ireland after 40 years...
Spacious, comfortable and luxurious room, in a lovely hotel with attentive and friendly staff. We ate in the beautiful dining room for all breakfasts and dinners, and the food and staff were great....
21 Jun 2015
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5 Clayton Hotel Silver Springs

4 stars
4.9 / 5 8 reviews

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The Silver Springs Moran Hotel is situated just five minutes from Cork City centre and within a few minutes' drive of Cork International airport. It is a renowned event and conference venue with... More

family trip
Had to request an extra bed on 3 occassions before it arrived to our room. There was a school graduation on the 1st night we stayed & were kept Awake by noise because of this all night. Overall fab...
4 Aug 2015
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6 BEST WESTERN PLUS Westport Woods Hotel

3 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

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Travellers looking for an idyllic place to stay for the whole family while on vacation in the heritage town find comfortable base at Best Western Plus Westport Woods Hotel. While in Westport,... More

Westport woods
This hotel is great value as a 3 star hotel, it has everything you would need plus more and the location is good , about 10 minute walk to town centre . I would definetly use this hotel again.
10 Mar 2015
From US$94

7 Scotts Hotel Killarney

4 stars
4.5 / 5 2 reviews

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Offering excellent services and convenient facilities, Scotts Hotel Killarney is a perfect venue to reside for a pleasant stay. GeneralThis property offers well-appointed conference room for... More

Great experience
Fantastic location if you want access to the shops and to experience the atmosphere of the town centre. Awesome breakfast included in the tariff.
30 Aug 2015
From US$89

8 Jurys Inn Cork

3 stars
3.8 / 5 6 reviews

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Being an ideal place in the city of Cork, Jurys Inn Cork Hotel offers a warm welcome, relaxing atmosphere and convenient facilities to make your stay a memorable one. GeneralThis hotel offers... More

New Clean and most central
Central location..was on foot so car parking not required. Clean and modern hotel-new in all respects.
28 Apr 2015
From US$59

9 Flannery's Hotel Galway

3 stars
4.4 / 5 14 reviews

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Experience the comfortable accommodation blended with traditional Irish hospitality and unsurpassed service at the Flannery's Hotel Galway. GeneralThe Flannery's Hotel Galway boasts 3 standard... More

Friendly 3 star hotel
Nice hotel ,room had been recently refurbished.Nice food .Staff friendly and helpful. No gym or pool.
23 Jun 2015
From US$78

10 Castletroy Park Hotel

4 stars
3.0 / 5 1 reviews

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Full Irish Breakfast Included

If you are a business traveller or looking for a relaxing weekend away you will find what you are looking for here at Castletroy Park Hotel Limerick. GeneralDuring your stay at the Castletroy Park... More

Family trip
Short family break, great hotel, friendly staff, fantastic food, would recommend to family and friends and would stay there again if visiting Limerick or surrounding area. Only 1 small hiccup was...
21 Aug 2015
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