Limerick Wild Atlantic Way Gateway City

April 4, 2023

Welcome to Limerick Wild Atlantic Way Gateway City.  This ancient, medieval, and beautiful city is home to the estuary of the majestic River Shannon. Dating back to 812, 10th Century Limerick was at the centre of the Kingdom of Thomand and land of the legendary Munster King, Brian Boru. Limerick today is a city steeped in culture with Theatres, Museums, Art Galleries and a wonderful selection of beautiful restaurants and cosy pubs.  Our beautiful, lovingly restored and award- winning Bedford Townhouse was built in the 1843 and is situated at the Heart of Limerick City.

The Wild Atlantic Way is 2,500km of coastal road, actually one of the longest defined coastal routes in the world, and takes you on a unique journey , surrounded by stunning views of Nature at its finest. Your adventure brings you past dramatic coastline, rolling cliffs, historical ruins and charming villages. Take a moment to enjoy the small glimpse of this Raw Beauty, with the clip below, courtesy of Realgood Productions for  Fáilte Ireland.

The Bedford Townhouse is your perfect base to make sure you experience the very best of this epic landscape. You could start with a trip to Foynes, the second largest seaport in Ireland with a rich maritime and aviation history and less than a 40-minute drive from Limerick City.  This town was once the last port of call on the eastern shore of the Atlantic for flying boats as it became the centre of the aviation world from 1939 to 1945. This lovely town also boasts the Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum where you can travel back in time and experience the excitement of the aviation industry in the 30’s and 40’s. Foynes Port was the location where the famous Irish Coffee was first created, at the hands of world-famous Chef Joe Sheridan, who invented this delicious drink as a way to warm the heart of weary travellers.

Why not try the circular Wild Atlantic Way route of 257km, which starts and ends in Limerick city. This trip takes you from the seaside resort of Kilkee, through Doonbeg and Spanish Point, where you can enjoy panoramic Atlantic views, then head south to Mutton Island.  You also get the opportunity to visit Lahinch also known as Surf Central – a very popular water destination and home to one of Ireland’s finest beaches. Next stop is the world famous Cliffs of Moher. On a clear day you can enjoy spectacular views, including the Aran Islands etched on the waters of Galway Bay, while you listen to the dramatic sound of waves crashing against the rugged cliff .

Then make your way to the Burren, where 330-million-year-old limestone pavements await along with a village renowned for its Irish music. You can take a ferry from there to the Aran Islands where you can listen to the locals speaking Irish, and venture into some of the Celtic ruins and tombs – some dating back to the Stone Age. The Megalithic wedge tomb on Inis Mor dates right back to 2,500 BC.

The Wild Atlantic Way  also provides some super suggestions, along with some wonderful imagery to whet your appetite.

To start planning your Wild Atlantic Way adventure, click here to book one of our luxury Elegant rooms.

Don’t forget to ask our Guest Concierge for any information, about our beautiful Limerick City or indeed how to start your Wild Atlantic Way journey, We would be delighted to help.