The Shannon Estuary is a spectacular and unspoilt estuary located just off the Wild Atlantic Way. This area of remarkable beauty is where Ireland's longest river - the mighty Shannon flows into the azure water of the Atlantic Ocean. Along the Shannon Estuary Drive, you will find delightful towns, pretty villages and world famous fishing sites.
The Shannon Estuary Way driving route winds it way through the stunning and changing landscapes of West Limerick and offers everything from medieval heritage to outdoor adventure along the way.
To commence this picture postcard Estuary drive, depart Limerick City along the N69 road. You will experience the many villages and townlands in West County Limerick including Mungret, Clarina, Pallaskenry, Askeaton, Foynes and Glin.
Mungret village is only a short distance from Limerick city. The importance of the monastic site here is said to be comparable to that of Clonmacnoise, and the site has been identified as one of the most important Early Christian monasteries in North Munster. Make sure to get out and stretch the legs at Mungret Park and Playground.
Continue on to Kilcornan where you will find a cluster fun activities at the vast Curraghchase Forest Park. 300 hectares of rolling parkland and mixed woodland set the stunning backdrop for exhilarating hikes, leisurely woodland strolls and relaxing lakeside picnics. There are a number of looped way marked trails in the park to suit all visitors. They vary from the multi-access trails suitable for wheelchair users and family walkers to the longer Curragh and Glenisca trails suitable for those looking for more demanding walking and cycling options. Kids will love the playgrounds and fairy gardens.
Bleach Lough is a 55 acre spring lake along the route, here anglers can access the lake via shore or by boat. Located just outside Pallaskenry village it offers anglers some of the very best fishing in the country.
Just off the N69 is the ancient town of Askeaton. 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.
A short drive will take you to the picturesque village of Glin which boasts a rich and varied culture dating back to early Celtic settlements. The Glin Heritage Walking Trails offer a wide variety of spectacular coastal and woodland scenery.
Download your full guide to the Shannon Estuary Way here.
*Embarking on a scenic drive in your own car or taking in some exercise on a new walking route are fantastic ways to safely enjoy Limerick during Covid-19 restrictions but we recommend that you follow government guidelines before you venture anywhere.