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Rebroadcast: The Quirky Shortcut Between Kerry and Clare on Shannon Ferries | Traveling in Ireland Podcast Episode 49

Shannon Ferries

Jody is talking with Eugene Maher, the Manager of Shannon Ferries, a quirky shortcut along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, connecting Tarbert, County Kerry and Killimer, County Clare. You can also check out my article about Shannon Ferries to learn more.

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Show Notes:

About Shannon Ferries:

  • Part of the National Route Network
  • Not easily seen on popular mapping software
  • Take a break from driving and make it an event
  • Open 364 days


The Wild Atlantic Way:

  • Now in fourth year of existence as a brand initiative
  • An initiative to get locals and tourists to explore the west of Ireland
  • Highlights all the hidden gems and attractions worthy of visiting
  • Although in its infancy, has had much success in bringing locals and tourists together for a unique experience of sights, sounds, and tastes
  • Bringing benefits to businesses along the route, strengthening the western region of Ireland
  • Allows you to see places and sights full of culture, heritage, and history you wouldn’t know to seek out for yourself.


Loop Head:

The Wild Atlantic Way takes you off the primary route onto the side roads and hidden gems including Loop Head. A place as wild, rustic, and as unspoiled a landscape that doesn’t exist anywhere else in its pristine state.

  • Non-commercialized, unspoiled, and eco-friendly destination
  • An example of the Wild Atlantic Way’s effort to move away from ‘marquis’ destinations and open up the raw, unspoiled areas to visitors
  • Educates visitors that exploration is ok, seek out the cultural Ireland not widely known


More About Shannon Ferries:

  • Runs every day of the year except Christmas Day
  • High season (May – September) two ferries running, one ferry the remainder of the year
  • Inland ferry service not terribly affected by weather
  • Follow the signs for the ferry from Clare or Kerry
  • Purchase tickets in advance at

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Closing remarks:

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