Bunratty

The Shannon Estuary Drive

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The scenic drive along the N69 takes you from Limerick City to North Kerry following the southern coastline of the Shannon Estuary, a magnificent stretch of tidal water.

Taking in Limerick City, Kilcornan, Askeaton, Foynes, Tarbert, Killimer, Labasheeda, Killydysert, Clarecastle, Bunratty and returning to Limerick City. A distance of 207km (135 miles), approximately.

Here you'll find delightful towns and villages and world famous shore fishing sites. Relive the pioneering days of transatlantic aviation in the Flying Boat Museum in Foynes, home of the Irish Coffee drink. Further west, just over the Kerry border in Tarbert, you can journey across the Shannon Estuary to County Clare by ferry. While crossing, watch out for the bottlenose dolphins that live in the Shannon Estuary. You disembark in Killimer and head east along the shoreline to the pretty waterside villages of Labasheeda and Kildysart.

The drive north eastwards will bring you to Clarecastle where you can divert a few kilometres north to the very attractive town of Ennis, the capital town of County Clare.

Turning south your return journey to Limerick City brings you past Shannon Airport and one of Ireland's favourite tourist destinations, Bunratty village. Bunratty Folk Park recreates rural and urban life in 19th century Victorian Ireland while 15th century Bunratty Castle reveals the power struggles in Clare's past. Here too you will find excellent shopping and dining opportunities.

And finally a short drive south brings you to Cratloe Woods where you can stretch your legs and admire the view before returning to Limerick City.

Route can be travelled in any direction and from any starting point. Map illustrations are intended as a guide only and routes should be travelled in conjunction with reference to a good road map of Ireland.