Arranging your car hire online in advance of the actual trip appeals for a handful of reasons
- The whole booking process is done in the comfort of your own home rather than at your destination where you could well be surrounded by a hassled partner and a selection of unruly children
- It makes sure that you drive away in the model of car that you request
- The fully inclusive cost will not be increased
- It saves time at at the car rental counter (although you won't believe that if you've ever seen the queues at Alamo in Miami)
Start planning your trip to the West of Ireland by booking car rental using two of Britain's leading car hire companies. We offer online bookings with discounted car hire at Shannon airport. Both of our car rental suppliers have specialist support staff at the end of the telephone for any extra questions that might occur before or after hiring a car.
Clicking on the link below will enable you to obtain car hire quotes from our suppliers for cheap car hire at Shannon airport. The airport is 15 miles north of Limerick.
Situated in Ireland’s top tourist destination magical County Clare, Shannon has many attractions. On the doorstep to some stunning and varied scenery, all the best places in the region are a stone’s throw away.
Shannon was once merely an industrial region that grew and required a workforce to accommodate it. Over the years and especially during the 1960’s, Shannon expanded into the lively and thriving town it is today. Expect a variety of restaurants to cater for all tastes and purses as well as some of the best pubs in the Isle, and you won’t be disappointed! With its vast lake Lough Derg, Ireland’s inland sea, and rugged Atlantic coastline, the nationally treasured Cliffs of Moher and some beautiful beaches, it comes as no surprise that County Clare is in so much demand.
The Burren National Park with its Ballinalacken Castle, the powerfully picturesque Cliffs of Moher, the Bunratty Castle and Folk Park Lahinch Seaworld Centre can all be found lurking somewhere within this stunning region. There is plenty to do to involve those easily bored teenagers with water sports, cruising, angling, golf, caving, dolphin watching, horse riding, walking, hiking and cycling trails never too far away.
With so much land to cover and so many sights to see, it is important to decide in advance what you want to see and when. Become King of your own Clipboard and draw up an itinerary! You will be grateful you did and that is a promise, particularly if you are only visiting the Shannon region for a long weekend! The best way to enjoy the charming attractions of County Clare is to get an expert’s help and to book your self on a tour. There are many tours to choose from. Some popular ones in the region include the Angela’s Ashes tour of Limerick City as you retrace the characters’ footsteps of Frank McCourt’s famous book. A medieval tour of Ennis provides generous helpings of cobbled streets and plenty of music. Particularly popular with the children is the dolphin spotting tour. Off the Shannon Estuary is the natural habitat of a school of bottlenose dolphins, which can be enjoyed within close proximity aboard one of the many dolphin-watching cruises available.
County Clare’s Cliffs of Moher are particularly of interest to bird watchers with its thirty thousand pairs of breeding sea birds of which are made up of around twenty nesting species. An area with harsh and practically impregnable coastal banks, the Cliffs of Moher are considered one of Ireland’s greatest natural wonders. A popular attraction in Clare, expect the cliffs to be particularly busy during the tourist season. If the thought of crowds disappoints you, why not head over to the beach town of Kilkee where the rocky coastlines are just as impressive as Moher but without the crowds of tourists!
Portumna Forest Park offers 560 hectares of parkland packed full of beauty spots, ideal picnic locations and sign posted walks. Beauty spots are not in short supply in County Clare thanks to the ‘inland sea’ of Lough Derg – it is so large it borders on the three counties of Galway, Clare and North Tipperary! The drive around the perimeter of the lake (around 153 kilometres of it in all!) is one of the most enjoyable experiences you will encounter on any single holiday. As you travel around the Lough, you will encounter mountains, farms and exciting pretty harbour towns like Killaloe and Ballina. Killaloe, 26 kilometres North East of Limerick, offers water sports in generous supply at its inland marina as well as excellent restaurants and pubs with glorious lakeside views. As you travel round the Lough you will encounter quirky little villages with harbour fronts, such as a village called Dromineer. Expect villages with old pubs stuffed with charming Irish ambience as well as villages displaying their traditional crafting skills as in Puckane or Ballinderry. Full of islands, secret bays, harbours and yachts there is plenty happening on the lake. Water sports enthusiasts will find a number of activities available including wind surfing, diving, sailing and much more. With a number of lakes around the region, Lough Derg is said to be the largest and otherwise goes by the name of the Pleasure Lake.
Portumna Castle and Portumna Forest Park are situated on the northern shores of Lough Derg. The castle (said to be one of the most impressive manor houses in Ireland) was built in 1609 and is currently undergoing restoration.
Other popular tourist attractions that are well worth looking out for include Craggaunowen Prehistoric Park. A great family day out, early Ireland has been reconstructed to present an image of life here a thousand years ago. The park is situated near Quin and provides a very interesting and informative day out.
The Burren Centre at delightful Kilfenora lays on an impressive exhibition of local life as well as quaint craft shops and relaxing walks around the village. Once a twelth century diocese, Kilfenora is known for its cathedral and graveyard with substantially sized crosses therefore gaining the label of ‘the city of the crosses’.
If Kilfenora arouses your appetite for more aged religious buildings, you will love the oldest church in Ireland, the tenth century restored St. Cronan’s. Killahoe offers a number of historic places of worship as well as it excellent water sports facilities. Near to the marina in Killahoe is the oratory and twelth century cathedral of St Flannan as well as the St Lua oratory, which dates back to the ninth century.
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Shannon airport is located roughly 15 miles north of Limerick city and 15 miles south of Ennis town. The airport is easily reached by bus, taxi, or car. There are services from nearby train stations. There is just the one terminal at Shannon Airport.
By car from Limerick, follow the northbound N18 and from Tipperary, follow the westbound N24.
Bus Eireann operates regular services to Ennis and Limerick with onward connections to all of Ireland's major cities. The coaches are situated directly outside the passenger terminal.
The nearest train station in Limerick is served by a regular coach service to Shannon Airport.
The taxi rank is conveniently situated outside the departures area, and are available 24 hours from the taxi desk in the arrivals area. The fare into Shannon town centre is 7 euros (GBP 4.80).