Limerick to Loop Head (includes Shannon Estuary)

Limerick is the location of the final bridge crossing of the Shannon River (and tunnel under it). The final part of the route can be driven on the northern bank of the river to Loop Head, or on the southern bank to Kerry Head (although there is a regular car ferry crossing available too across the estuary if you wish to start on the south bank and finish on the north!)

Limerick to Kerry Head Approximate Driving Time: 2 hours

Locations on Route: Limerick, Askeaton, Foynes, Glin, Tarbert (car ferry), Ballylongford, Astee, Beale, Ballybunion, Ballyduff, Kerry Head


  • King John’s Castle13th century castle meets 21st century technology
  • Flying Boat and Maritime Museumcontains the worlds only replica flying boat and a fascinating insight into the Shannon Estuary
  • Carrigafoyle Castlebeautiful example of a tower castle in a stunning setting by the waterside
  • Ballybunion Beachwide sandy beach with cliff walks, castle ruins and views to both Kerry Head and Loop Head
  • Kerry Headwhere the Shannon Estuary meets the Atlantic Ocean

Limerick to Loop Head Approximate Driving Time: 2.5 hours

Locations on Route: Limerick, Bunratty, Shannon, Clarecastle, Kildysart, Labasheeda, Killimer, Kilrush, Moyasta, Carrigaholt, Kilbaha, Loop Head


Alternative routes and delightful detours: The locations above involve choosing either the northern or southern shore of the Shannon Estuary and finishing your Shannon Scenic Drive at the Atlantic Ocean where it meets Kerry Head or Loop Head. Alternatively you may prefer to start on one side of the estuary and take the car ferry at Tarbert/Killimer to cross to the other side of the estuary.

If you would like to explore this part of the Shannon Scenic Drive more consider completing the Shannon Estuary Drive which takes in both sides of the estuary. Alternatively add in a delightful detour to your route such as to Lough Gur, Adare village, or the towns of Listowel, Ennis or Kilkee.

Explore Limerick to Athlone (includes Lough Derg)

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