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Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. Really is a terrific way to spend an afternoon. Shannon Heritage often have organised events, such as Halloween and hay cutters day, so it's worthwhile phoning ahead to tie with one of these events. Many enjoy the Bunratty Banquet, but again, book ahead. Check www.shannonheritage.com. Bunratty house and walled garden, along with farm animals are attractions that are often missed by hurried tourists.
Bunratty Winery. Show case of production of World famous meade.
Bunratty Shopping. Avoca, Meadows and Byrne, Folk Park and a local grocery shop.
Ballycasey Crafts Centre. Shannon. Quaint shopping and restaurant. (2/3 miles away.)
Craggaunowen. St. Brendan, famed locally for being true pioneer to discover America, the Bronze Age and many other aspects of Irish history are celebrated in this unique outdoor museum. (6 miles)
Quin Village. Beautiful Medieval village, and Abbey that had been somewhat demolished (thank you Cromwell), but is safe to ramble around, foc. Quaint restaurants and pubs. (7 miles)
Dromoland. Afternoon tea, a round of golf, a walk around the lake (locals like to feed the ducks, so come armed with bread), will leave you refreshed. Attractions 5&6 and Dromoland should could easily be visited in one day, in this order, Dromoland being beside main road back to Bunratty. (5 miles)
Shannon Town and Airport. Shannon Town has all the practical shopping(Dunnes, Tesco), golf, library, McDonalds, and airport is 1 mile beyond the town. Nice walk along esturary, and moving further along this estuary is the lovely area of Clenagh, home of Clenagh Castle - with terrific views onto the river Shannon - accomodation provider will give directions. (3 miles)
Mooghaun Ringfort. Ancient dwelling place nearby Dromoland, taking Quin road from Newmarket -on Fergus.
Finlough. Beautiful lake setting, overlooked by old church ruin and holy well of Saint Finbarr.
Beaches. Within a short drive of Kilkee, Fenore, Spanish Point, Bishop's Quarter and Lahinch.
The Burren (www.burrenpage.com), beautiful, unusual landscape, home of many ancient monuments, such as the Dolman. Villages like Carron, birthplace of Michael Cusack, founder of the GAA.
Loop Head. Spectacular coastal scenery. www.loopheadclare.com
Cliffs of Moher/Doolin. New visitors centre, fresh air and what views. Location of famous Guinness ad. Doolin, again a great gulp of Atlantic fresh air and O'Connor's pub. Ferry to Aran Islands. (25/30 miles)
Limerick City. Hunt Museum. Private collection of rare pieces collected throughout the World by Hunt family. King John Castle. Shopping : Browne Thomas for upscale department store. Do not attempt traffic to Limerick City between 4pm and 6pm. City reputation has suffered in recent years through crime/media, but this is largely confined to certain sections of the city. (12 miles)