Castles, Cliffs. and Lots of Craic ; DESTINATION REPORT SHANNON Manchester Airport 279 Miles 1hr 10mins Shannon Airport

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Castles, Cliffs. and Lots of Craic ; DESTINATION REPORT SHANNON Manchester Airport 279 Miles 1hr 10mins Shannon Airport


SHANNON, also known as Shannon Town, is a town situated in County Clare, Ireland, between Limerick and Ennis.

Experience Irish history at Bunratty Castle, party all night at a medieval banquet, or nd serenity at the Cli s of Moher.

Top sees for a fee: At A Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, 10 minutes from Shannon town centre, visitors can immerse themselves in Irish history in the 19th century village and can see what life was like in Ireland more than 200 years ago - traditional Irish cottages, shops, bought to life by characters in full costume, demonstrating butter making and stonewall building.

Sis leads to the main attraction, Bunratty Castle, built in 1425. It holds medieval banquets with entertainment by performers in full medieval costume. Open June to August, 9am toA 6pm, rest of the year 9.30am to 5.30pm. Entry EUR 15 for adults, EUR 9 children, EUR 34.25 families.

Located beside scenic Lough Bo n, close to the villages of Rooskey and Dromod, Shannon River Adventure o ers fun- lled water and land-based activities, including kayaking, canoeing, archery, orienteering, pier-jumping and raft-building.

Must sees for free: Admire County Clare's iconic Cli s of Moher, 230 metres high and eight kilometres long. On a clear day, the Aran Islands are visible in Galway Bay.

Spend the day at Inisheer, the smallest and most eastern of the three Aran Islands. Se earliest evidence of civilisation is at Cnoc Raithni, a Bronze Age burial mound dating from 1500BC. Nearby are Teampall Chaomhan, a medieval church ruin, half buried in the sand and the 16th Century Caislean Ui Bhriain, an imposing three storey tower house built within a Stone Age fort. To the north, golden sandy beaches o er safe swimming, while the eastern shore boasts a shipwreck.

Getting around: Shannon Airport is approximately 24K from Limerick and 22K from Eninns. Bus Eireann runs services to all of Ireland's major cities - call +353 (0)61313333 for more information about timetables. JJ Kavanagh and Sons provides a coach service between Shannon Airport, Limerick and Dublin Airport.

Eating out: Pier 17 in Shannon is a Seafood restaurant located in the Oakwood Arms Hotel. …

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