Shannon is a small city in southwestern Ireland and lies on a 100-kilometre wide estuary. The city has an extraordinary history. Around 80 years ago, where the city now stands was used as an ideal gateway for Transatlantic air travel. At that time, the government built an airport here, surrounded by a new city. The city owes its name to the River Shannon, Ireland's longest river which flows through the estuary into the Atlantic Ocean.
You can reach your holiday home in Shannon by driving or flying to Cork, around 120 kilometres away. Travellers from Europe can also take a direct flight to the Shannon International Airport. This was the very first duty-free airport and today The Loop still provides ample opportunities for shopping before you catch your flight home. It's useful to stop by the Tourist Information Centre at the airport when arriving. This is where you'll find all manner of information on Shannon and the surrounding area so that you'll be all set to enjoy your holiday!
The river and the estuary are a quite a sight to see and an excellent location for countless sporting activities. From your holiday home in Shannon, you can discover spectacular natural beauty in the estuary, inland and along the Atlantic coast. If you'd like to spend hours on the golf course, Shannon is also an excellent destination: the area is famous for its numerous and highly diverse and challenging courses. Lastly, no holiday in Shannon would be complete without a visit to one of the neighbouring cities, such as Limerick, the region's historical centre. In the county seat, Ennis, you'll find history alongside countless charming shops, restaurants and pubs. Shannon itself is home to the Sky Court shopping centre where you can find everything you'll need for your stay.
Shannon lies on the Wild Atlantic Way, a long route that stretches over 2,500 kilometres along Ireland's Atlantic Coast. History, culture, stunning nature, cosy cafés and restaurants and of course the friendly and hospitable Irish people make this route an absolute treat. You can follow the route in part by car, by bicycle or on foot. This way you can discover the scenic villages, majestic ruins that bring the past to life, gorgeous inlets for swimming and surfing, sprawling beaches where you can go horseback riding... of course, the centrepiece of your journey along the Wild Atlantic Way are the incredible Cliffs of Moher. These steep bluffs are about eight kilometres across and rise 200 metres above the sea. They are a paradise for large colonies of various bird species.
During a boat tour on the river's estuary, you'll enjoy the view as you slowly drift along the spectacular, diverse and unspoiled coastline. On the various islands you will spot the rich flora and fauna sometimes dotted with impeccable ruins. On Scattery Island, you'll find the remains of several medieval chapels and even a sixth century monastery. The closer you come to the Atlantic Ocean, the more often you'll spot rare birds, sea lions and even dolphins. The Loop Head peninsula is the westernmost point in the estuary. Here you can witness the splendour of the mighty waves crashing against the granite shores. The view from atop the famous Loop Head Lighthouse is simply breathtaking. In clear weather you can see all the way to the Cliffs of Moher!
In addition to hiking, cycling, climbing, swimming, sailing, horseback riding or golfing, you can visit the nearby towns and discover all sorts of interesting places. A true tourist attraction is to be found in nearby Bunratty Castle, Ireland's most interesting medieval fortress dating back to the fifteenth century. The castle houses an expansive collection of furniture, artwork and tapestries and the surrounding park is an open-air museum in its own right. Less than 20 minutes away from your holiday home in Shannon lies the ancient city of Limerick, now an exciting modern urban hub. On King's Island between the rivers Shannon and Abbey, you'll find yourself going back in time to the Middle Ages during a tour of King John's Castle and Saint Mary's Cathedral. In the unique old streets and along the river banks you'll discover charming little shops and cosy pubs where you can take in local music and delicacies.
You'll also be surprised by the historical and cultural wealth of Ennis, found in the many monuments and well-preserved architecture. Not to mention the many galleries and boutiques, lovely shops and of course the wide selection of cafés, restaurants and pubs. Ennis is definitely the touristic centre of the area!