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Spoilt for Choice in the Shannon Region

Take a well deserved break in the Shannon Region and leave with a wealth of treasured holiday memories and a longing to return. Located in the heart of Ireland’s west coast, the Shannon Region, comprising counties Clare, Limerick, South Offaly and North Tipperary, gives you amazing holiday options and unrivaled value for money. 

Those Boots are made for walking...
The Shannon Region is made for walking - from its untamed coastline and unique geological formations to its rolling countryside and wild mountains. Visit ‘Obama Country’, as the Moneygall and Shinrone areas of Offaly are now being branded, and walk in the footsteps of President Barack Obama.

Slieve Bloom Mountains, Co. Offaly
The stark contrast of looming mountains rising suddenly from surrounding plain, gives this beautiful mountain range a lofty, imposing appearance which belies its modest 615m height. Blanket bog, lush green forests with picnic and amenity areas, sparkling tumbling rivers, streams and waterfalls, deep spectacular glens and peaceful villages make these lovely 155,400 hectacres of beauty a delightful touring destination. After a day of leisurely strolling, or serious hiking, relax and unwind in one of the beautiful nearby towns such as Birr with its Georgian architecture, Moneygall the ancestral home of President Barack Obama, and Banagher on the banks of the River Shannon.

Put Some Spring in Your Step
Get out and about and discover the beauty of the Shannon Region. A network of quiet country roads, forest paths and mountain and coastal trails traverse the Region. Several national and regional cycle routes traverse the Region and the variety of scenery is diverse – lowlands with rural villages and towns, castles, historic sites and parks, highlands with fantastic scenery and the rugged coastal seascapes. Whatever type of trail you enjoy, from a leisurely stroll in County Clare to the action packed mountain biking trails in Ballyhoura, County Limerick, you will find it on

Here you can find an abundance of information including directions and detailed maps for lots of great trails, including walking, cycling, mountain biking, driving, equestrian, canoeing, surfing, scuba diving and more. GPS coordinates for a range of trails are available to download from this site.  Worth noting, County Clare cycling routes have been voted in the world top ten of the Lonely Planet’s ‘Best in Travel 2010’ guide.

Great Family Days out at a Discount
Shannon Development, the Shannon Region Tourism Authority has launched a Shannon Region Discount Card giving 25% off admission to over 40 top visitor attractions. It is available to download at The free discount card  can also be picked up at any Shannon Region Tourist Information Office. For further information on this and holiday options please visit the Shannon Development tourism website  or call the Shannon Region holiday hotline tel: + 353 61-317522.  With value in mind a visit to is a must as it has lots of great value holiday breaks including spa breaks, golf breaks and exciting themed breaks.

Here are just a few of the great reasons for you to take a break in our wonderful region! 
James/Jane Bond Thrill Seekers
Former James Bond, actor Pierce Brosnan has spent time in the Shannon Region as have many other well known Hollywood stars. And if like James Bond you like a cocktail – shaken not stirred – then the Shannon Region has the perfect settings for you at a range of luxury castle hotels and country houses including Dromoland Castle, Moy House, and Gregan’s Castle Hotel in County Clare, Adare Manor Hotel, Castle Oliver, and Fanningstown in County Limerick.

There is so much action to be experienced including; caving, rock climbing, skidiving, powerboating, wakeboarding, kitesurfing and orienteering, clay pigeon shooting and much more!

Go Wild for Water
The River Shannon, one of Europe’s finest waterways, flows through the Shannon Region is 344 kms in length, making it the longest river in Ireland or Britain. Nature has endowed the river with many treasures – great angling, prolific plant and wildlife, historic sites and pretty towns and villages are dotted along its route. 

Lough Derg, Ireland’s largest pleasure lake is a veritable paradise for boating and cruising enthusiasts. Action seekers will enjoy the range of water and land based activities at the University of Limerick Activity Centre near Killaloe including; powerboating, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, as well as orienteering and high/low rope challenges. Experience Ireland’s fastest growing extreme watersport at Limerick Wake and Ski Club in Castleconnell, Co. Limerick. Check it out on 

Action Packed
There are a range of adventure centres in the Shannon Region who design programmes guaranteed to make the heart beat faster these including action sports like  rock-climbing kayaking, orienteering, surfing, mountain biking, abseiling. Among these centres are the Burren Outdoor Adventure Centre, University of Limerick Activity Centre on Lough Derg, Kilfinnane Outdoor Education Centre, Co. Limerick, Loophead Adventure Centre, Lakeside Holiday Park Adventure Centre, in Mountshannon, Kilrush Creek Activity Centre, Shannon Adventure Canoeing centre in Banagher, Co Offaly, where you can hire your own 17th ft Canadian canoe and set out for an adventure of a lifetime. The action hero can go back to school in County Clare at the Lahinch Surf School, Ben’s Surf Clinic, or the Aloha Surf School and learn to surf in the Atlantic Ocean.

Limerick Riverside City – history & fun on the banks of the Shannon
Limerick is magnificently sited on Europe's finest river, the River Shannon. One can only imagine the 9th century scenes, when fleets of Viking vessels sailed up the river to plunder and terrorise the monastic midlands. Limerick is a proud, progressive and thriving City. Its castle, ancient walls and museums are testament to its dramatic past.

It is an excellent centre for shopping and dining and you are always guaranteed a great night out. The City is also considered to be the sporting capital of Ireland and has passionate followers of all sporting activities including Rugby. Among the city’s top visitor attractions are; King John’s Castle, the Hunt Museum, the Limerick City Gallery of Art, and the new Thomond Park Stadium and Museum. County Limerick also boasts a range of superb visitor attractions including: Foynes Flying Boat Museum and Shannon Estuary RIB Tours in Foynes; Lough Gur Visitor Centre; Adare Heritage Centre; Unigolf Club indoor golf facility, Limerick Racecourse; Irish Harp Centre and  Music School in Castleconnell; and Combat Zone Paintball Games in Shanagolden.

Learn a New Skill
There is something for everyone – for example you can learn Irish music and dance, how to play the harp or take a course in set dancing, photography, painting or cooking in unique settings. Learn how to become an action hero with courses in sailing, cruising, surfing and skidiving, check out

Explore a Region carved out by nature
The Shannon Region, carved out by nature, has some of the most magical and breathtaking vistas in Ireland.

The Breathtaking Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare
 The Cliffs of Moher are Ireland’s top scenic visitor attraction and an incredible experience. The Cliffs rise 700ft above sea level and stretch for 5 miles and can be visited year-round. The visitor centre there is a must.

The Enigmatic Burren, Co. Clare
The eerie lunar like Burren Region is a remarkable limestone area that is unique in Europe. Its geology, flora, caves, archaeology and history set it apart as a place of great mystery and beauty. In a small 100 square mile area, there are majestic rivers, brooding castles, tranquil lakes, towering cliffs, lush green valleys, barren rock mountains, rare plants, green road walks – and everywhere relics of ancient civilization. It defies nature’s conventional rules. The region is nature’s emigma with flowers normally found in the Mediterranean countries found growing harmonously here beside flowers normally found in Arctic regions. Often described as Europe’s largest rock garden, it is a paradise for botonists, walkers, artists, and nautre lovers. The Burren Centre at Kilfenora, the Burren Perfumery in Carron, the Aillwee and Doolin Caves, Caherconnell Stone Fort, are just some of the surrounding attractions.

Scenic Beauty
Enjoy the freshness of Clare’s Atlantic coastline; the magnificent River Shannon; Lough Derg – Ireland‘s Pleasure Lake; the mystic Burren; the Golden Vale; The Slieve Blooms mountain range and so much more.

Dramatic Atlantic Coastline
Clare’s Atlantic Coastline includes some of the most stunning coastal scenery you will ever find. All along you will encounter breath-taking scenery. Sheer-rock faces alternate with sweeping sandy beaches, many marking the origins of fine resorts like Kilkee, Spanish Point and Lahinch. 

Romantic Ireland’s alive and well
The Shannon Region is perfect for couples. Great accommodation options in beautiful locations, from luxury castle hotels on their own estates, to B&B’s and self-catering accommodation by the lake or sea. The backdrop of Atlantic Ocean, cliffs, forests, rivers or lakes is idyllic. Experience a sunset cruise at the base of the Cliffs of Moher. Enjoy the clink of champagne glasses in one of the many secluded restaurants dotted around the Region. Enjoy romantic hand in hand walks along stunning beaches and feel the wind in your hair.

Towns and Villages
Shannon Region towns and villages have an inviting cosiness. Most developed their present character in the course of the 19th century, but their origins often go back much further. Some have their roots in old Celtic monasteries, or were founded by the Normans or even the Vikings, while some grew up close to the waters edge near lakes, rivers or along the Region’s Atlantic coastline.

A Golfers Paradise
The Region has 25 top quality golf courses from world-rated championship links to mature parkland courses. Among them are world class links courses including Lahinch, and Doonbeg links, but there are many other dramatic courses which offer a superb challenge and experience.

Scenic Driving Routes
The open road beckons. Where will it take you today? The Shannon Region offers space, stunning scenery, changing landscapes, special journeys and wonderful destinations. Enjoy the rich diversity of the region. Take as long as you want and explore the many hidden gems the Region has to offer and you will be well rewarded. Our wonderful driving routes include Loop Head Peninsula, Co. Clare’s Atlantic Coast Drive, the wondrous Burren Drive, the Shannon Estuary Drive, the Lough Derg drive and there are many more; for details contact the Shannon Region Holiday Hotline on +353 61 317522.

Unique Entertainment Options
The Shannon Region is brimful of entertainment for people of all ages and ranges, from traditional Irish music in pubs through to mediaeval festivities, classical music, concerts, poetry readings, Irish ceili nights, theatre, nightclubs, greyhound racing and horse racing.
Mediaeval Castle Banquets
The Shannon Region is the home of great castle banquets where you can enjoy the hospitality, entertainment and timeless atmosphere of mediaeval Ireland. At Bunratty Castle, Co Clare, almost all year round, you can share a banquet with ‘the Earl of Thomond’ and be entertained by the world-renowned Bunratty singers. At Knappogue Castle Quin, Co. Clare you can enjoy a feast of fine food and merriment and a colourful show that features great music and dance.  At Dunguaire Castle, in Co. Galway, on the shores of Galway Bay, you can enjoy a mediaeval banquet with entertainment based on the myths and legends of Ireland.

Eating Out
The Atlantic Ocean, our rivers, lakes and green pasturelands provide the Region with a rich harvest of fine food ingredients. These ingredients are creatively used and good food is available in casual and formal dining establishments from hotels to pubs. Local ingredients are used imaginatively by restaurateurs, eagerly awaiting the opportunity to impress you.  Check out Shannon Development’s new online Good Food Ireland Shannon Region Brochure:

Shannon Region Facts - Did You Know?

Accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets

Accommodation is available to suit all tastes and budgets, ranging from Irish Farmhouse and Town & Country Homes through to caravan and camping, self-catering, hotels, guesthouses, luxury castles, hostels and Shannon cruisers. For further information in planning your holiday in the Shannon Region visit








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