Shannon Travel Guide

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    Sunset at Loop Head
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Shannon Highlights

  • Pro
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    TheaIren says…

     Good location, airport, Limeric and Ennis city close by. 

  • Con
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     Lack of flight choices 

  • In a nutshell
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     Magnificent destination for low-key relaxing holiday 

Shannon Things to Do

  • Bunratty Castle

    The name Bunratty, Bun Raite (or possibly, Bun na Raite) in Irish, means the 'bottom' or end of the 'Ratty' river. This river, alongside the castle, flows into the nearby Shannon estuary. Bunratty Castle is now a very popular tourist attraction, due in a large part to the proximity of the airport. The interior has been furnished with tapestries and...

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  • The most obvious thing to do...

    at Shannon airport is to fly somewhere.Shannon is not exactly the largest of airports, and nowadays is mainly supported by a good range of Ryanair flights to the U.K and Europe.Air Lingus (the flag carrier) has all but pulled out, reckoning that they can make more money basing themselves in Belfast.Long haul flights to the states still happen, due...

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  • Have an irish Coffee

    Despite what may will tell you, Irish Coffee began from the time of the first flights across the atlantic during WWII. Shannon Int. Airport became one of the last airports for re-fuelling, and it was here that the bartender Joe Sheridan invented this calorific nightmare in a glass..Tea had been drunk with whiskey for years but it was Joe who mixed...

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Shannon Restaurants

  • Great Food!

    Directly across the road from Quin Abbey, this local pub is very convenient. The atmosphere was lively even in the early evening, and even though we didn't have to wait for a table, it was fairly crowded and we sat in the bar area rather than the dining room. The food was excellent, but the service left a lot to be desired. Fortunately we were...

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  • Can't miss it, it's all there is!

    Keating's is the last business in Kilbaha as you drive from Kilkee to Loop Head Light House. It is a delightful family run pub right on the water looking across the Shannon River. Helen and Bernie Keating were wonderful and helped us locate the Moonlight House B&B in Quin for our last night before flying home. This is truly a 'local pub' in every...

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  • MacCloskey's is a up-scale...

    MacCloskey's is a up-scale restaurant in the town of Bunratty. It's fairly expensive, but the food is excellent. If you decide to forego the dinner-theater-like atmosphere of the Medieval Banquet, you can go to McCloskey's for a fine dining experience, then head over to Durty Nelly's pub for free entertainment. Add the Guinnes tab, and you still...

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Shannon Nightlife

  • Banquets

    Knappogue Castle in Quin, Co.Clare was built in 1467 and was the home of the MacNamara Clan. The original structure has Georgian and Regency additions. It is furnished in 15th century pieces. If you find Bunratty's banquet booked up or would like the Medieval dining experience away from the crowds, try Knappogue. open for tours of the castle...

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  • Kilkee Main Street

    Kilkee isn't big enough to get lost in, and the main street is basically all there is after dark. The Inn / Pub at the end of the main stret going away from the water, had some great local music from a band called Celtic Whisper. Casual

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  • Durty Nelly's pub is a few...

    Durty Nelly's pub is a few steps outside of Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. There's music most evenings - and afternoons in the summer tourist season. you can tip a Guinness with the other tourists listening to traditional Irish music, sitting near a peat fire.

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Shannon Transportation

  • Airport

    Car parking is an extortionate nine euro fifty a day - an utter rip off. You could reduce your costs by parking at the 'Park inn' hotel at eight euro a day (and nothing at all if you drive on the grass around the barriers !). The Bunratty castle hotel has a very good rate of less than six euro a day, but their shuttle bus only operates from 7.00...

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  • Ferries

    FERRY From Co. Kerry (Tarbert) to Co. Clare (Killimer) you can cross the Shannon by ferry. It is a perfect quick way to go along the west coast - without having to go to the traffic chaos in Limerick! It costs 10 IEP, boats go every hour!

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  • Avoid this rip-off

    Car parking is an extortionate nine euro fifty a day - an utter rip off.You could reduce your costs by parking at the 'Park inn' hotel at eight euro a day (and nothing at all if you drive on the grass around the barriers !).The Bunratty castle hotel has a very good rate of less than six euro a day, but their shuttle bus only operates from 7.00 am...

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Shannon Shopping

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    by elmendorfs Written Jul 1, 2007

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    Surprisingly, the shops at the vistiors center in the village of Adare seemed to have a fairly good variety of wool shawls, scarves, throws, and sweaters for reasonable prices. We enjoyed a tour of the 13th century Desmond Castle, strolled along the village street, and shopped for gifts to take home.

    What to pay: Sweaters from $35, capes/shawls from $69

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Shannon Local Customs

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    by elmendorfs Updated Jul 28, 2007

    Most of the roads in rural areas are single track with occasional turnouts. And, since the roads are almost always lined on both sides by rock walls, be prepared to stop where there is room for the oncoming vehicle to pass. MANY times the oncoming vehicle will be the biggest tractor you've ever seen! Since the locals are familiar with the location of the turnouts, they may move over before you see an opportunity. If so, accept their courtesy and move on quickly. If you are traveling in the evening near milking time, you may also have to stop for a "traffic jam". There's no way around, so plan ahead to just relax and enjoy the slower pace of life!

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Shannon Warnings and Dangers

  • Treacherous Beauty

    The cliffs of the west coast of Clare are absolutely magnificent. However, it is obvious to a close observer that they are also constantly changing. The relentless pounding of the wind and the waves gradually erodes them away until they crumble into the sea. In many places the ground you are walking on extends beyond the solid face of the cliff....

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  • Violence

    Yeh we read the reports and on arrival listened to reports of killings but our family felt safe in limerick. It does sound that there are troubles on the estates listed. Limerick is worth a short visit, its full of cars though and parking is about a £1 an hour. We didnt fancy the Castle choosing Bunratty instead. Couldnt believe how many female...

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  • Where's my travel cot ?

    I arrive on the 26th December, 2004 and the airport ground handling team lock me out of the terminal ! I may have been last off the plane, but it's a it much to lock me out of the entire building - very welcoming I must say.They then manage to break the luggage belt and spend an hour retrieving people's luggage from the innards of the airport. My...

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Shannon Tourist Traps

  • Bunratty Castle

    Hmmm... so what does this title mean? Well, in my humble opinion, this should not be considered at "Tourist Trap". But since it is already on the list, I want to add my thoughts. To me, a "Tourist Trap" is something where you feel you did not get equitable value for the money you spend. Quite the contrary, I felt the visit to Bunratty was enjoyable...

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  • Bunratty - NOT RATTY!

    Hmmm... so what does this title mean? Well, in my humble opinion, this should not be considered at "Tourist Trap". But since it is already on the list, I want to add my thoughts. To me, a "Tourist Trap" is something where you feel you did not get equitable value for the money you spend. Quite the contrary, I felt the visit to Bunratty was enjoyable...

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  • I really wasn't anxious to...

    I really wasn't anxious to tour Bunratty - it seemed too pre-packaged and touristy...but it was a really great experience. The castle is a re-creation of medieval times, and the Folk Park represents more modern times - the last couple centuries! It was well worth exploring!

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Shannon What to Pack

  • Nice way to wait for the plane!

    The duty free 'shopping area' in the Shannon Airport has a nice variety of good quality products at reasonable prices, including wool sweaters, shawls, throws, etc, and fine crystal. Save the energy of carying your gifts all over Ireland. Do your gift shopping while you wait for your plane home!

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  • You're Going to Be Cool and Wet!

    When traveling within Europe, extra charges generally apply to anything more than a 20lb (9kg) carry on bag. Check with your airline! Baggage prepurchased online may be much cheaper than at the time of check-in. There's no secret to why Ireland is the "Emerald Isle". The DRIEST year on record, 1887, received 14inches (356.6mm) of rain, which is...

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Shannon Off The Beaten Path

  • Tuamgraney

    If you have any interest in seeing how hand woven scarves are made, stop in Tuamgraney along the shores of the Shannon enroute to Mountshannon. Anke and Eugene McKernan do beautiful work, and will show you around if you ask!http://www.mckernanscarves.com/

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  • A little bit of history

    I dread to think of the amount of money that I must have spent in duty free shops all over the world. How you desperately try to use up your foreign currency before departing.The phenonomen of duty free shops has spread all over the world to the tinyist little tin pot airports in the back of beyond - and they all have Shannon to thank for creating...

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  • How to avoid queues in America

    Notice, if you will, that the departure hall at Shannon airport includes a few square meters of carpet that is actually part of the USA. Rather unusually, an outpost of the Immigration service is located here - so you are officially in the USA once you pass through. That should save a bit of time on the other side of the pond. On the other hand you...

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Shannon Sports & Outdoors

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    by sourbugger Written Sep 8, 2008

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    Right next to the airport at Shannon lies a championship golf course. You can play as a guest, and is considered to be a fine inland course.

    It does however feature a couple of interesting features. The 17th is considered to be a 'signature' hole with a tee shot that spans part of the Shannon river estuary.

    The other feature is of couse the fact that you 'good walk spoiled' will in fact be spoilt by Mr Michael O'Leary and his collection of Boeing taking the unwashed masses to Europe.

    I have no idea if there are any bye-laws that pertain to hitting a plane whilst taking a tee shot, but I reckon it is at least possible.

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Shannon Favorites

  • kathycollins's General Tip

    when we got home and had our film developed we noticed a different chandelier ornament from what we had noticied while visiting...This is not graphically enhanced...this ghost really appears on the photo sitting on the chandelier hanging from the ceiling!

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  • kathycollins's General Tip

    As my husband John walked around, he kept turning around because he thought someone was staring at him...

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  • judyaf's General Tip

    Shannon is where we flew into for our motor car excursion around southern Ireland. We headed up to the Cliffs and swung across from there doing a big loop through Dublin, Cork, Ring of Kerry and back to Shannon. A most enjoyable experience which I will elaborate on as I build my pages.

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