#Innsider Guide to Shannon
Hidden away in South West Ireland, Shannon is an undiscovered gem and the gateway to some of County Clare’s most beautiful scenery. If you’ve a trip planned to this stunning region, take advantage of our #innsider tips and you could unearth some of its best sights and sounds.
Forget the hustle and bustle of the city back home and take a short 45 minute drive from the centre of Shannon to experience the awesome Cliffs of Moher. These rock faces can reach a staggering 702ft tall at their peak, offering breathtaking views of the Irish coastline. With the visitor centre just €6 per adult and children under 16 admitted free, #innsiders can rest easy knowing their entrance fee contributes towards conservation of these jaw-dropping natural wonders.
Are you local?
For those who like to sample the best local suppliers and producers, look no further than the Ballycasey Craft and Design Centre. Set in the courtyard of an 18th century Farmhouse just five minute walk from the town centre, the project was opened in 1981 to showcase the best in Irish craft and design. Home to talented local producers, the centre hosts various jewellers, silverwares, heritage fashion and even a chandlery for all your bespoke candle needs! #Innsiders who visit can pick up a real bargain to surprise their family and friends back home.
Fancy yourself as the next Tiger Woods? Then make sure you pack your clubs and hit the links as Shannon is home to one of Ireland’s best golf courses. Established nearly 50 years ago, Shannon Golf Club is internationally recognised and hosts a range of pro and amateur events year round. With fantastic facilities, including a driving range, two bars, a restaurant and an on-site shop, #innsiders of all skill levels can have a great experience at one of Ireland’s top sporting attractions.
Festivals, with a twist
If the usual big music festivals such as Glastonbury and T in the Park have become run-of-the-mill, Shannon and County Clare music events are anything but. Known for its strong history of traditional Irish music, #innsiders should take advantage of the plentiful music festivals available throughout the region. Events such as Feakle (6-11 August) and Willie Clancy (5-13 July) offer great live performances from local acts, along with workshops for keen musicians or complete beginners to get involved.
Where to stay
If you’re making a flying stop, or wish to explore Shannon and County Clare, then head to Park Inn by Radisson Shannon Airport Hotel, positioned just steps from the airport terminal and a short drive from the town centre. With 114 rooms, fitness and gym facilities, meeting rooms and an on-site restaurant, the hotel offers a great base for #innsiders visiting Shannon.