Part 3: Wild Atlantic Way - Limerick

Wild Atlantic Way, Limerick

With such a central and accessible location for many of the Wild Atlantic Way’s highlights, Limerick is the perfect place to base yourself when exploring the iconic coastline. Rich in sport, culture and music Limerick has both a bustling city scene and some of the most scenic hiking, walking and cycle trails along the west coast. There’s lots to see and do in Limerick so let’s get started.

Day 11 – Limerick and Clare

Start the day with a hearty Vitality Breakfast from Clayton Hotel Limerick. With fresh bread and pastries, cheeses, yoghurts, fresh fruit, cereals and hot breakfast options of full English, vegetarian and Chef’s daily special there is something to suit everyone with our Vitality Breakfast. You can even order breakfast to go if you’re in a hurry to get exploring.

Doolin Ferry

Established in 1970, Doolin Ferry Company offers an express ferry service from Doolin to the world-famous Aran Islands and the Cliffs of Moher UNESCO geopark. Their large, comfortable ships will allow you to see the islands and cliffs in their entirety with unsolicited views from the Atlantic Ocean. A must see.

Hook & Ladder 

If you’re a fan of coffee a stop at Hook & Ladder cafe is a must. Not only do they bake their scones, pastries and breads fresh on site each day, they also run a barista training school so you know their coffee is going to taste great.

Doolin Cave

The award-winning Doolin Cave and visitor centre is home to the Great Stalactite which hangs at 7.3 metres (23feet) long making it the longest free-hanging stalactite in Europe. It was formed from a single drop of water thousands of years ago and needs to be seen to be believed. You can take a guided tour of the caves from 11am to 3pm daily with lots more sights to marvel at.

Dolan’s Live Music Venue

Finish the day off with a live music session at Dolan’s. This traditional pub is popular thanks to its charm, delicious pub grub and gigs making it a firm favourite among tourists and the locals. Expect nothing less than a warm Irish welcome when you visit.

Day 12 – Clare

Bunratty Castle

With your to go breakfast in hand it’s time to hit the road again. Bunratty Castle and Folk Park is home to Ireland’s most complete and authentic castle built in the 15 century upon a Viking camp from the year 970. You can take a tour of the castle, see how the lords and ladies lived, hear stories of the battles fought there and enjoy stunning views of the landscape. In the Folk Park you’ll find a playground, fairy village and a walled garden.

Mr O’Regan’s Cafe 

Both a cafe and an Irish Design Gift Store, Mr O’Regan’s at Bunratty Castle is the perfect spot to sit, relax and enjoy some refreshments after being on your feet all morning. There’s healthy options for breakfast and lunch and you can even order a picnic box filled with fresh sandwiches and homemade treats for you and the family at an hour’s notice.

Swimming Pool at Clayton Hotel Limerick 

Guests at Clayton Hotel Limerick can enjoy complimentary access to their indoor heated swimming pool from 9am to 7pm daily. You can swim in the pool while enjoying views of the River Shannon and a 4ft depth is maintained throughout the pool to make it enjoyable and safe for all ages.

Grill Bar & Restaurant 

Enjoy a relaxing evening of casual dining at the Grill Bar & Restaurant in Clayton Hotel Limerick with menu options including Atlantic seafood linguine, Irish fish and chips and a dedicated children’s menu for little ones. If you fancy a drink there’s a full menu of cocktails, craft beers and spirits to choose from.

Day 13 – Limerick

Stonehall Wildlife Park 

A visit to Stonehall Wildlife Park makes for the perfect family day out in Limerick. You’ll get up close and personal with a wide variety of wild and  domestic animals from all over the world including llamas, alpacas, ostriches, parrots, birds of prey and lots more. There are also outdoor and indoor play areas, nature trails and go karts to enjoy.

A full day is needed to enjoy all the park has to offer. You arrange a picnic box with Clayton Hotel Limerick to bring with you.

Waterfront Restaurant 

Take some time to relax after your day out and treat yourself to a locally and sustainably sourced meal at the Waterfront Restaurant at Clayton Hotel Limerick. Their seasonal menu is ever changing with highlights including fresh, west coast seafood and steaks and there are coeliac and vegetarian options as well as a full children’s menu.

Day 14 – Limerick

Adare Village 

Due to host the Ryder Cup in 2027, Adare Village is affectionately known as Ireland’s Prettiest Village. Steeped in history, this village was founded in the 13th century and has remained true to its heritage with thatched cottages, stone monuments and traditional craft stores. Spend your morning visiting the ancient castles, museums, the country’s first hydro-electric power station and browsing through the many wonderful craft shops.

Restaurant 1826 Adare

Set in an idyllic thatched cottage built in 1826 traditional cuisine meets modern flair at Restaurant 1826. Awarded Best Restaurant in Limerick & Munster by the Irish Restaurant Association Awards and listed on the MICHELIN Guide to Great Britain & Ireland Bib Gourmand you can expect nothing short of a fantastic dining experience from owner Wade and Elaine’s fresh, hearty and comforting menu.

Relax

Why not put your feet up and relax for the evening in the spacious rooms at Clayton Hotel Limerick. Enjoy a glass of wine or cocktail from our drinks menu and enjoy the wonderful view of the River Shannon. Our crisp cotton duvets are perfect for lounging on as you watch a movie on the flat screen LCD tvs in each room.

Day 15 – Limerick

Brunch at House Limerick 

Served on Saturday from 11am to 4pm and on Sunday from 11am to 6pm House Limerick has fast become an institution for brunch in Limerick City. Highlights from their brunch menu include the Whole Hog comprising of Limerick bacon, sausage, black & white pudding, eggs, vine cherry tomatoes, Portobello mushroom, homemade beans and bloomer toast and the Ham Hock Hash bowl served with Limerick ham, potatoes, poached eggs, Hollandaise sauce, baby spinach, Bloomer toast.

National Kart Centre

The tracks at the National Kart Centre have been expertly designed by karting professionals to provide you with a top class experience with exciting turns, technical corners and straights to hit high speeds. Suitable for adults and children, a visit to the National Kart Centre is the perfect fun family activity. The centre opens Tuesday to Sunday until late and you can prebook your session online.

The Locke Bar

Finish your stay in Limerick at the multi-award winning Locke Bar Gastro Pub. Located in the historic Medieval Quarter within Limerick City you can enjoy a menu of classic pub favourites, fresh ocean seafood and a host of daily specials to suit every palate. The Locke Bar is also known for its entertainment with regular live music and dance sessions and an outdoor seating and entertainment area.

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