Come Explore the Shannon Estuary Way


“The River was Associated with the Hope of Prosperity & Employment”

– Brendan Kennelly, Poet, Ballylongford, Co. Kerry

Explore the Shannon Estuary Way

The Shannon Estuary Way is a spectacular and unspoiled riverside destination just off the Wild Atlantic Way. An area of remarkable beauty, this is where Ireland's longest river, the Serene Shannon, flows into the wild waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

It connects the people of Clare to the north and Limerick and Kerry to the south. This 207km looped drive off the Wild Atlantic Way has so much to offer and is waiting to be explored. If you are based in any of the nearby gateway towns such as Limerick, Ennis, Bunratty, Listowel, Kilrush or Kilkee, it’s also a fantastic day trip.

Along the route, you will find yourself passing through a string of delightful towns and pretty villages – stop off in any one for a chance to meet the locals whose lives and places are shaped by the great river.

The Shannon Estuary Way is a place full of stories and storytellers and perhaps ones you won’t have heard of before – such as life living on and farming the Estuary Islands, how the reeds of the river are harvested to make thatch for houses, the tragic tale of Colleen Bawn, the punt guns along the Shannon and how St. Senan of Scattery Island defeated the serpent. That’s just to name a few!

The scenic coastal route winds its way through stunning and changing landscapes and river vistas, offering everything from medieval heritage to outdoor adventure along the way. The Estuary is home to dolphins that live there all year round, even giving birth to their calves there. You can even take a beautiful ferry ride between Killimer in County Clare and Tarbert in County Kerry - a great chance to spot a dolphin!

Plan your Trip

Explore the unique Shannon Estuary Way and start planning your authentic estuary journey!

Local lives shaped by the river
Stories shared for centuries
Adventures on land and water
Connecting with nature and communities
Healing wellness wellbeing
Retreat Yourself Shannon Estuary Way
Ábha Bhan Parish Park Playground Loughill Shannon Estuary Way
Shannon Estuary Loop Walk Shannon Estuary Way
Kilteery Pier Swimmers Loughill Shannon Estuary Way

Things to Do on The Shannon Estuary Way

The Shannon Estuary Way offers an array of activities to visitors, from cycling routes to walking trails and tours; from museums and interactive experiences to nature trails; from beautiful gardens to adventure parks and playgrounds. Whether you are visiting with the family or taking a couples holiday, there is so much to choose from.







What our Visitors Say

David O
About Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

The castle is amazing and so is the village and cottages. It's like stepping back in time, completely authentic and historic while great fun too. A must for anyone visiting the Limerick or Clare area.

Maria C
About Scattery Island Tours

The Trip was amazing - my parents utterly enjoyed it and the Guide was so knowledgeable. Everyone we came in contact with was so helpful and friendly. Would highly recommend visiting the Island.

Paul Hennessy
About Curraghchase Caravan and Camping Park

A real relaxing place. Great play park for the kids & great walks, kids had a ball. Big pitches, plenty of room for a big tent. Lots of hot water in kitchen & bathrooms. Nice little coffee shop onsite.

Places to Stay

Take a look at our great range of top quality accommodation along the Shannon Estuary Way. Choose from any of the Hotels, Self-Catering, Bed & Breakfasts, Glamping Sites and Guesthouses available in the various Estuary towns and villages.

Treacy's Oakwood Hotel Shannon Estuary Way

Places to Eat on The Shannon Estuary Way

Looking for somewhere to eat along the Shannon Estuary Way? Take a look at the food and beverage options available. From breakfast, lunch and dinner and the coffee and treat or family picnic in between, the hospitality businesses on the Shannon Estuary Way have you covered.

The Old Quarter Townhouse Pub & Restaurant Limerick Shannon Estuary Way
Retreat Yourself Shannon Estuary Way
Quinn's DeBucket Bar Whiskey Shannon Estuary Way
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