The ample natural beauty of County Clare lends itself perfectly to being explored with a car hire in Shannon. A booking with Auto Europe gives you wide choice of cars, allowing you to find the one that is just right for your group and your travel itinerary, at a bargain price! A car rental will allow you to seek out all the best the region has to offer, including its exquisite walking and cycling trails.
The general speed limits across the Republic of Ireland are 120 km/h (74 mph) on motorways, on open roads outside cities (national roads) 100 km/h (62 mph), and within built-up areas 50 km/h (31 mph). If you are driving in rural areas, as you are likely to do in Ireland, you should fill up your tank with petrol as you leave the town or city, as petrol stations in rural areas are scarce and located far apart. While driving in the countryside, you may encounter farm machinery or farm animals such as sheep on the road, so you should always remain vigilant.
It is easy to access the whole region from Shannon, and even driving your car hire to Dublin does not take too long. To get to Limerick, you should take the R471, then the N18, and finally drive along the R445. The journey is only 12 miles, a 20-minute drive. Ennis is equally close at 13 miles, or 20 minutes, away. Take the M18, then turn onto the N85 and afterwards onto the R458. The E20/M7 motorway will take you from Shannon to Dublin in about two and a half hours, with a driving distance of 137 miles. More guidance on driving in Ireland can be found here.
When parking your car hire in Shannon, you should be mindful of the presence of yellow lines painted on the parking space, as these denote restrictions on parking. Double lines indicate that parking is prohibited at all times. A single line suggests that parking is not permitted between 8am and 6.30pm Monday to Saturday. A broken line signals that there are limitations, which are signposted. To avoid any unwanted surprises, be sure to check all signage near the parking space for any exceptions or other restrictions.
Named after the river Shannon, the town of Shannon is located in County Clare, on the marshlands near Shannon Airport. The town has grown around the airport, and the initial residences were indeed intended for those working at the airport, and employees of related industries. The town has, however, seen increased growth in more recent years, and was given official town status in 1982.
The climate in Shannon can be classified as Marine West Coast or Oceanic. The temperatures do not experience dramatic fluctuations, but can get close to 0°C during winter, and are around a nice, mild 20°C in summer. The amount of rainfall is quite high, with an average of 159 rainy days each year.
It may seem unassuming, but Shannon Airport is the third busiest airport in Ireland. Ryanair operates flights to multiple destinations in the UK and around Europe, while other airlines also offer regular flights across the Atlantic to the USA. During the summer season the flight schedule is increased and more destinations are available.
Shannon Airport (SNN)
Address: Shannon, Co. Clare, Ireland
Website: Shannon Airport
Telephone: +353 61 712 000
If you require public transportation, Bus Eireann operates a frequent daily service between the airport and the town. The company also has services to Limerick, Cork, and Dublin, for example.