he Shannon winds its way through 27 of Ireland’s counties, and today we have a unique opportunity to discover its influence, not only on sustaining the Island but its strategic importance in connecting the country to the world at large. After collecting you, we head to Foynes the site identified by Atlantic Aviator Charles Lindenburg, as the ideal location for the first commercial transatlantic flights by Flying Boat to Ireland. It’s here we can view films, iconic displays, try our hand at the flight simulator, and can step aboard the replica of a Sutherland Aircraft at the museum. What’s more we can discover the origins of Irish Coffee too !
Traveling down the estuary we take a short ferry crossing, docking at Killimer and head to Kilrush the second largest town in County Clare, and the first significant port on the River. As we reach Kilkee, we have an opportunity to walk the esplanade of this popular local seaside town before travelling along the headland to Loophead, and its trusty Lighthouse. The first such installation was built in 1670, although lights are known to have shone at this location for 3,000 years.
Loophead Light House has a superb Visitors Centre, where you can ascend the tower for some spectacular coastal views. Our journey down the Shannon, would not be complete without visiting the village of Carrigaholt, and taking an optional boat ride out into the estuary, to catch sight of the many Dolphins who have made this region their home.
As we make our return don’t forget to ask your Chauffeur what other opportunities this great excursion offers before heading back to your accommodation.