Limerick, Ireland | Oct 5 - 15


County Limerick

Get out of the city for an afternoon and experience the best of what County Limerick has to offer. Beautiful villages such as Adare, Glin or Askeaton will welcome you to their restaurants, coffee shops and visitor centres, or you can visit one of the variety of attractions around the county. Here’s three I.NY favourites…

Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trails

At 98km Ballyhoura is the largest trail network of its kind in Ireland, and includes forest road climbs, tight twist singletrack, boardwalk, tight turns and technical rock guaranteed to test you, but also to leave you smiling. The trails range from the moderate 6km Greenwood loop to the demanding Castlepook loop, over 50km in length. For bookings and information click here.

Foynes Flying Boat Museum

Explore Foynes’ role in early passenger flights between Ireland and New York and the legendary flying boats that came and went carrying celebrities, royalty, rich and famous and desperate refugees alike. Board the only B314 flying boat replica in the world. While all the commercial flying boats landing in Foynes featured upper class amenities, the B314 had true ocean liner luxury, ensuring comfort on the westbound flights which took 17 hours to reach Newfoundland before refuelling and departing for New York. For information and booking details click here.

Lough Gur Heritage Centre

Lough Gur is one of Ireland’s first settlements, an ancient and mysterious place that is rich in folklore along with a wealth of archaeology and history dating back to Stone Age times. The Heritage Centre provides a fascinating interpretation of the sites on and associated with Lough Gur, and is also 5kms from the Great Grange Stone Circle. The Centre boasts a 5 star state of the art facility and has recently received the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Award. For information and opening hours click here.

Wild Atlantic Way

Limerick City is a gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way – a stretch of coastal towns, beaches and attractions on the West Coast of Ireland that starts on the Inishowen Peninsula, Co. Donegal and ends in Kinsale, Co. Cork. Locate yourself in Limerick City for the I.NY Festival, and from here you can explore the abundance of places to visit, eat, sleep and play that The Wild Atlantic Way has to offer. Here are some of our top picks to visit:

Cliffs of Moher

The iconic Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most visited natural attractions. Stretching for 8km along the Atlantic coast of Clare, the cliffs reach 214m at their highest point at Knockardakin. Midway along the cliffs you’ll find the environmentally friendly visitor centre set into the hillside and O’Brien’s Tower, a 19th-century viewing tower plus access to 800m of protected cliff-side pathways with viewing areas.
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Killary Harbour

Located in the heart of Connemara, Killary Harbour (‘An Caoláire Rua’ in Irish) is a fjord that forms a natural border between counties Galway and Mayo. Here, you will find some of the most dramatic scenery in Ireland.  The area is known for aquaculture, with a salmon farm operating at Rosroe and mussel rafts commonly spotted to the East.
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Mullaghmore Head

Mullaghmore is a small fishing village that should be on any outdoor enthusiast’s itinerary. Its sandy beach stretch as far as the eye can see and is ideal for a spot of swimming or windsurfing. You can also venture out into the Atlantic for an excursion to Inishmurray Island or a sea angling trip or take in Classiebawn Castle on a leisurely stroll.
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Dingle Distillery

The Dingle Distillery welcomes visitors to enjoy a tour of their facility where the entire production process, for all their products, are explained and a gin/vodka sample is provided. The distillery tour will give you an introduction into Irish whiskey and into the Dingle Distillery. For more information and booking details click here.

Cork Whale Watch

Colin Barnes of Cork Whale Watch, is Ireland’s longest established whale watching operator and has been enthralling whale watchers in west Cork since 2001. Colin has been monitoring whales along the Cork coast in a career spanning over 40 years.
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