ShannonFerry
ShannonFerry
4.5
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From early morning as the mist descends the Shannon Estuary to the Wild Atlantic Sea, to the setting of the sun in the late of the evening, ShannonFerry will take you and your vehicle on this memorable 20 minute journey across the estuary linking the iconic tourist destinations of the Banner County of Clare to the Kingdom of Kerry. This is a lovely experience for visitors who would like a short break in their journey to relax as they sail across the majestic Shannon Estuary. And if you're lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the dolphins, which in the summer, can sometimes swim so near the ferry, as if just to entertain you. As the only vehicle ferry trip on the main spine of the Wild Atlantic Way, this invigorating journey allows you experience the rugged nature of land and sea as you breath in the fresh salty sea air that encapsulates Irelands Wild Atlantic Way.
Duration: < 1 hour
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Pat_S_from_MN
Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN5 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
Taking the ferry was great! It was easy, affordable and saved a lot of driving. We Recommended it to several other people. Staff was friendly and helpful.
Written 6 October 2023
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Maria & Phil Greaves
Clonmel, Ireland577 contributions
Jun 2023
Great service and takes so much off what would be around a 2 hour journey from Limerick to Co. Clare. There's a toilet on the Killimer side and a toilet, cafe, gift shop on the Tarbert side.
They run 2 boats from June through the summer so not too much of a wait for a ferry if the first one is full.
There are toilets, a shop and a viewing deck onboard and the staff are so friendly & helpful. It's €23 one-way & €36 return onboard the ferry and you save €2.30 one-way & €3.60 if you buy online.
Written 4 July 2023
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J K
San Antonio, TX142 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
Killimer ferry ... For those who don’t want to drive all the way to Limerick and wish to shave off quite a bit of travel time while driving along the Wild Atlantic Way, this is a great alternative. It is a very quick drive-on, drive-off small ferry which takes only a few minutes from start to finish.
Written 9 April 2023
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LizzieLMelbourne
Melbourne, Australia51 contributions
Sept 2022 • Couples
So lucky to drive on just as they departed! Cut out a few hours driving and was a great experience! Smallish ferry, easy to pay on board (although we booked ahead online).
Written 12 September 2022
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Marlinfarms
Niagara Falls, NY48 contributions
Sept 2022 • Friends
If you're traveling up the west coast of Ireland this is an efficient way to save a couple hours. The ferry runs from Kilmer to Tarbet on the hour if you're coming south and on the half hour if you're going north.
Written 10 September 2022
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Pjm
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Aug 2022 • Family
Used the ferry service today on a return trip from Clare to Kerry. Fantastic family experience with 3 kids 6yrs,4yrs and 1yr. Brilliant shop on Clare side provided coffee and ice creams while we waited. Ferry had secure high level seating which kept the kids interested during the crossing and stopped off at fairy trail 5mins from departing the ferry.
Written 9 August 2022
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301lisa33
Coventry, UK1,894 contributions
Jul 2022
This route is very useful allowing you to travel along the coast without navigating Limerick. Crossing time is c20 mins

In high summer the ferry operates a shuttle service but at other times it is hourly, each way. The ferry is sizeable allowing maybe 40 vehicles. Loos and sweet counter on board. Tickets can be bought online ahead at a small discount
Written 3 August 2022
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zevik612
Giv'atayim, Israel158 contributions
May 2022
Nice & usefull option to save travel time on Ireland scenic tour moving from Kerry to Clare districts - crossing the Shannon in 15 minutes rather than 2~3 hours by car is definately efficient, daily service departing every 30 minutes eithar directions, easy order by their site (~20 euro per standard car) valid for 12 month's so you do not have to 'commit' for certain date/time of arrival - nice short breakout from daily ride... (kids will surely enjoy the Deck's...)
Written 11 June 2022
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machinmad
Yaxley, UK2,490 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
This ferry runs every half hour and is an excellent short-cut across the Shannon. It was really choppy on the day we crossed but the ferry itself was very stable. The water was splashing over the sides!

It’s not cheap, €22 a single crossing, about the same as petrol money to go back round to Limerick.
Written 8 June 2022
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Richard J
London, UK1,664 contributions
Sept 2021
Have travelled South from Mayo to Tralee on numerous occasions and always taken the inland route, which although pretty and interesting can become a bit of a trek with a great deal of traffic. We had noticed the ferry but were not sure about its operating schedule and didn't want a wasted journey down to the terminal. A friend told us it was well worth taking the ferry and so it proved. We were able to book ahead and pay at a discount on the internet and arrived just as the ferry was about to leave. No fuss straight on board. Toilets and a small shop on board. Lovely views from the upper deck. A very enjoyable experience that we will repeat in future. The drive to and from the ferry was through quiet scenic country roads a contrast to the main route South. I think we paid about €19 which might seem expensive as it's a relatively short journey but in fairness whatever the length there are always going to be high infrastructure costs in this type of operation, so no complaints. There is a full timetable on the website.
Written 7 October 2021
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