We begin with an obvious one: paddle power. Keep things simple by getting help from specialists in canoeing adventures, there are plenty around the region. Top of the paddling pile is the 80km canoe trail stretching all the way from Shannon bridge in County Offaly to the twin towns of Killaloe/Ballina on the Clare-Tipperary border. Think rich selections of birds and wildlife and stretches of perfect quiet. If time is on your side, stop off for a pub lunch along the way.
Peddles and paddles aren’t for everyone. Pick up your own vessel from Leitrim’s Carrick-on-Shannon and cruise all the way to Limerick city on board a luxurious cruiser. Boat hire means that you call the shots. That cute village, that buzzing marina or that crumbling abbey are all yours to choose from and on your own time. If you do go down that watery route, the chart of the Shannon-Erne Waterway showing the location of locks and facilities will come in handy.
Back on dry land and it’s time to explore the Shannon Waterway Walks. Trust us – there are quite a few to choose from. First off is the Medieval Limerick Walking Trail, which weaves its way through the medieval quarter of the city. Keep a sharp eye out for the Anglo-Norman influences in buildings along the route. The second is a stretch along the Lough Derg Way, where old whiskey stills and idyllic views of Youghal Bay are the highlights. Last but not least, lose yourself in the natural beauty of the Glenafelly Eco Walk.
Chances are, that any road trip in Ireland will hook up with the Shannon at some point. If you find yourself in Limerick, start at the river’s end and arrive in rugged north Kerry by following the southern coastline of the estuary. It’s thanks to the river’s waters that the Shannon region is so green. Do the scenery justice by taking your sweet time on a scenic tour from Kittycloghar to Mohill in County Leitrim.
The centre houses a permanent exhibition on the life and work of Patrick Kavanagh, one of Ireland’s best loved poets. 60-seat audio-visual theatre and reference library. Please reserve 12th - 14th July for our Inniskeen Road July Evening Festival.
Tucked away in Ireland’s most tranquil spots, you’ll find some of the finest and most luxurious spas in the world. These sanctuaries of calm and pampering combine the nourishment of the island’s natural resources, such as mineral-rich seaweeds, with cutting-edge treatments from around the world. Throw in a good dose of that famous Irish hospitality, and you have a spa getaway that is pretty much unforgettable.
From internationally renowned courses to welcoming local clubs in every corner of the country, Ireland is a golfer's paradise. From green parkland to rugged coastal links and everything in between, there is a course to suit every skill level from beginner to pro and, now more than ever before, every budget.
Influenced by the Gulf Stream, Ireland has a mild temperature climate with summer temperatures generally ranging from 14 to 16 degrees Celsius(60-70 Fahrenheit). The temperatures are generally around 10 degrees Celsius (50 degree Fahrenheit) in Spring and Autumn and between 4 and 7 degrees Celsius (30-40 degrees Fahrenheit) in Winter. For regional forecasts, please consult www.met.ie
EU Citizens are entitled to free hospital treatment in a public ward and should obtain a European Health Insurance Card (which replaced the old E111 form) prior to departure. For further details see www.ehic.ie. Private medical insurance is advised for Visitors from non-EU countries.
Taxis and Hackney Cabs are available throughout the Lakelands. Taxis can be hailed down in the street, but Hackney Cabs must be booked from offices. Costs are measured by distance, taxis have a metre. If you have to be somewhere at a particular time, it is wise to book in advance as offices can be quite busy. All hotels will have a local taxi number.
The unit of currency in the Republic of Ireland is the Euro. One euro consists of 100 cents. notes are €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, €500. Coins are 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, €1 and €2. Banks are generally open from Monday to Friday from 10am – 4pm. Each bank has one later opening day per week. Bureau de Change facilities as well as ATM machines are available at most banks. Money transfers can be organised through Western Union Money Transfer. MasterCard, Visa and American Express credit cards are widely accepted in Ireland.