Make Magical Memories Along the River Shannon
Sail down the stunning River Shannon to the heart of the Emerald Isle. Home to a significant first in aviation history, Foynes is your gateway to discover the castles, cliffs, and cities of western Ireland. During WWII, the port of Foynes was alive with wartime activity and intrigue, as it was the first airport in Europe to welcome seaplanes making transatlantic flights. Visit the Flying Boat Museum to tour a replica of the “Yankee Clipper” and relive the golden age of aviation.
Set out from town and discover what makes Ireland so magical. Wind your way over hills in hues of green that have to be seen to be believed. Watch the world drop away at the rugged Cliffs of Moher. Experience what local life was like a century ago at a living village at the foot of medieval Bunratty Castle. While the scenery might take your breath away, be ready for plenty of friendly banter with the locals you’ll meet along the way.
The city of Limerick is less than an hour from port. Get ready for an authentic dose of craic (Gaelic for good times) at a lively pub, see the pages of a bestselling autobiography come to life on an Angela’s Ashes walking tour, and soak in the city scene at the historic People’s Park after a visit to the contemporary City Gallery of Art.
This warming whiskey cocktail was invented by head chef Joe Sheridan at the Foynes Air Base in 1943. After noticing a group of weary Americans disembarking a transatlantic flight on a cold, wet evening, Joe created the drink to warm up the passengers and get them in good spirits. Be sure to try one for yourself when you visit the Flying Boat Museum at the original airbase—it’ll be sure to give you the gift of gab!
A designated Heritage Town, Adare is considered to be the “prettiest town in Ireland”—and that’s really saying something. Cottage homes with thatched roofs, countless friaries and manors, and meticulously curated gardens create a storybook setting. You’ll find fine dining experiences in this picture-perfect village that’s easy explored on foot or by bike.
This private garden has been in the O’Brien family for over 100 years. You don’t have to have the greenest of thumbs to appreciate the exotic plants and trees draping over winding walkways and around the farmhouse—the O’Briens are more than happy to impart their botanical knowledge. Colorful and fragrant with the sounds of cascading water features, you’ll see Himalayan blue poppies, magnolias, tree ferns, rhododendrons, azaleas and more, all with a sweeping view of the Shannon Estuary.
Foynes, Ireland At a glance