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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.

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Hotels in Shannon

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1 Oak Wood Arms Hotel

3 stars
4.3 / 5 4 reviews

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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

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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...
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2 Castletroy Park Hotel

4 stars
3.0 / 5 1 reviews

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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

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Hotel is undergoing a re-ferb, parts look a little tired! Gym is great. Restaurant full of noisy kids when I was there, not a pleasant dining experience.
15 Aug 2014
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3 Fitzgerald's Woodlands House hotel

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Idyllically located on the outskirts of the charming village of Adare in County Limerick, Ireland, the Fitzgerald's Woodlands House hotel is perfect for a leisure break or business get together.... More

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From start to finish everything was spectacular - couldn't fault a thing. Fabulous.
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4 Park Inn By Radisson Shannon Airport

3 stars
4.0 / 5 4 reviews

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Charming, intimate and distinctive, the Park Inn By Radisson Shannon Airport Hotel prides itself on uncompromising levels of service. GeneralWith 7 classically-styled meeting rooms, each equipped... More

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5 Limerick City Hotel (formerly Jurys Inn)

3 stars
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Offering a favourable location and relaxing atmosphere, Jurys Inn Limerick is the right choice of accommodation, while visiting Limerick. Art lovers can pay a visit to The Limerick City Gallery of... More

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6 Clarion Hotel Limerick

4 stars
4.0 / 5 10 reviews

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Clarion Hotel Limerick is a 17-storey hotel overlooking the River Shannon. It is a 2-minute walk away from the main streets and shopping destinations of O'Connell and Cruises. The four-star hotel... More

Just OK
Restaurant food was good and served promptly. Don't expect too many smiles from the staff or service - unless you ask for it. Check in was an ordeal - wrong room config. Overall 50/50.
14 Jun 2014
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7 Limerick Strand Hotel

4 stars
4.6 / 5 14 reviews

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The Limerick Strand Hotel is a well-maintained and impressive property with superior services, making it a favourable destination for an enchanting holiday. GeneralProviding the perfect mix of... More

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Lovely night in Limerick. Comfortable hotel close to city centre. Only drawbacks is a poor shower, very low water pressure and very slow bar staff.
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8 Maldron Hotel Limerick

3 stars
4.5 / 5 2 reviews

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Offering cosy accommodation and convenient facilities, the Maldron Hotel Limerick (Formaly Quality Hotel) is ideally located for both business and leisure travellers. GeneralThe on-site Club Vitae... More

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9 Bunratty Castle Hotel

3 stars
4.5 / 5 2 reviews

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Ideal for business or vacation, the Bunratty Castle Hotel Shannon offers the perfect balance between the warm and relaxing feel of a stately home and the comfort of state-of-the-art facilities. ... More

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10 Dunraven Arms Hotel

4 stars
3.8 / 5

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Originally built in the late 18th century the Dunraven Arms Hotel Adare is steeped in history. The property is set within attractive private gardens in the quaint village of Adare, which is just a... More

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