For those who want to leave the city and explore more of the 102.1 km long Shannon Estuary, you can follow the N69 drive, winding its way to the riverside villages of Foynes, Loughill and Glin. You will encounter many highlights along the way including attractions and activities that offer plenty for all the family to explore.
Just off the N69 is the ancient town of Akeaton. With it's winding streets and imposing ruins you will find a rare mix of old and new. Among other attractions, the town boasts one of the most complete ruins of a Medieval Abbey, The Franciscan Friary.
In Foynes, home of the Irish Coffee, you can relive both the pioneering days of transatlantic aviation at the Flying Boat and Maritime Museum as well as all the style and glamour of the Golden Age of Hollywood in the permanent Maureen O'Hara exhibition.
Boyce Garden in Foynes, one acre in size, overlooks the River Shannon. Designed for year round colour, it is divided into a number of intimate garden rooms inter-linked by curved paths. Open May to September, it is well worth a visit.
Further west along the N69 scenic driving route, situated on the banks of the Shannon Estuary, is the small picturesque village of Glin which boasts a rich and varied culture dating back to early Celtic settlements. Home to Glin Castle, the Glin Castle Demesne Heritage Trails offer a wide variety of spectacular coastal and woodland scenery.