Things to do in Ireland
On the far west of Ireland is a place like no other – majestic mountains, powerful coastlines, epic landscapes, steeped in ancient stories and legends. Discover Ireland and be inspired!
80 minutes by car from Limerick City
One of Ireland’s favourite visitor experiences, the Cliffs of Moher tower over the rugged west Clare coast. Walk the safe, paved pathways and view the famous Cliffs on Europe’s western frontier and enjoy the spectacular vistas over the Atlantic Ocean and the Aran Islands. Their natural beauty has inspired artists, musicians, and poets for generations, as well as absorbing scientists and geologists, drawn by the unique landscape in which they sit. The Cliffs of Moher, the most famous cliffs in Ireland, will leave you awestruck, creating memories that will stay with you forever.
55 minutes by car from Limerick City
The Burren region is internationally famous for its landscape and flora. A visit to the Burren during the summer months will leave a person amazed by the colourful diversity of flowering plants living together within the one ecosystem. Arctic-alpine plants living side by side with Mediterranean plants, calcicole (lime-loving) and calcifuge (acid-loving) plants growing adjacent to one another and woodland plants growing out in the open with not a tree nearby to provide shade from the sun. Also found here are certain species which although rare elsewhere are abundant in the Burren. Even more amazingly they all survive in a land that appears to be composed entirely of rock.
The Wild Atlantic Way, 1600 miles (2600 km) in length, is one of the longest defined coastal routes in the world. It winds its way all along the Irish west coast from the Inishowen Peninsula in the north down to the picturesque town of Kinsale, County Cork, in the south. This route from start to finish unfolds the wonders of nature, the power of the ocean and its imprint on the west coast of Ireland, and the stunning countryside in all its diversity. Enchanting villages are nestled along the coast as well as ancient monuments – their origins having long sunk into the mists of oblivion dot the landscape. Behind every bend on this magical coastal road a new delight awaits.
30 minutes by car from Limerick City
Shannon Heritage are proud to introduce Ireland’s original award winning Pre-historic Park. Come and explore the roots of the people, homesteads, animals and artifacts of our Celtic ancestors of over 1,000 years ago which have touched and shaped how we live today. At Craggaunowen, It’s not just a visit, it’s an adventure.
20 minutes by car from Limerick City
Bunratty Castle – the most complete and authentic castle in Ireland.
The site on which Bunratty Castle stands was in origin a Viking trading camp in 970. The present structure is the last of four castles to be built on the site. Take a tour of this iconic fortress; hear and see how the lords and ladies of this castle lived; hear stories of battles and bravery and enjoy stunning views across the idyllic Clare countryside.
20 minutes by car from Limerick City
Check out the charming village of Adare on the banks of the River Maigue in County Limerick. Take a guided tour of historic Desmond Castle or rent a classic car from RetroVentures and drive through the scenic landscape. Experience the magnificent Adare Manor – play a round of golf at the world class golf course, book a pampering session at the incredible spa and make some time to wander through the spectacular grounds.
80 minutes by car from Limerick City and 90 minute ferry
Inis Oirr, Inis Meain & Inis Mor make up the three Aran Islands. The shortest sea crossing is from the port of Doolin. The islands are connected to Co. Clare geographically in that the limestone paving seen in the Burren continues through all three islands.
The Aran Islands are in the County of Galway so don’t be confused. You know the famous Aran Sweater (cable knit) comes from here as do many famous ‘Gaelic’ playwriters, poets and authors. The islands are one of the deep seats of Irish culture and where you will hear our Irish language spoken by the locals. Each island has its distinct identity and unique offerings.
There are multiple daily departures (March – November) to all three Aran Islands of Inis Oirr, Inis Meain and Inis Mor, also hourly cruises along the iconic Cliffs of Moher.
The Cliffs of Moher Cruise is a stunning one-hour journey along the 6km of coastline from Doolin Pier. The Cliffs rise to a height of over 214 meters providing dramatic views by sea. The Great Sea Stack (Branaunmore) plays host to thousands of rare birds of which you can see up close.
Between April and mid-July you will be awe struck by the sea birds who arrive to breed on the cliffs. It’s noisy. Watch out for the puffins. Don’t forget your cameras!
Time for a round of golf? Or perhaps you enjoy hiking, cycling or an historic walking tour …..
Perhaps difficult to fit in but if you have some time there are fabulous golf courses within a few hours drive of Limerick including Lahinch, Doonbeg, home to Trump’s links course, Hogs Head and Waterville.
For spectacular views and charming towns and villages, horseriding, cycling and hiking, take time to visit the Ring of Kerry, Molls Gap, Gap of Dunloe and Skellig Islands – UNESCO World Heritage site (and Luke Skywalker’s hideout! Note this trip is not suitable for children under 12 years of age).
And if you want to know more about the history of Limerick and Ireland in general, join a tour with Limerick Civic Trust.
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