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About Shannon

Shannon is a conveniently situated town in County Clare, Ireland. With over 9 000 residents, it is close to various attractions around the county. Shannon offers you a tranquil holiday experience with picturesque scenery all around. The top tourist attractions that are close to this destination include Bunratty Castle, the Cliffs of Moher, and the Burren.

Get ready to leave your busy life at home, because cheap flights to Shannon are now available for a limited time! Shannon is a 10-minute drive or a scenic 10-minute bus ride away from the Shannon Airport (SNN), which serves the flag carrier airline of Ireland, Aer Lingus. Popular connecting flights departing from Johannesburg, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth to Shannon are available. The average duration of the flight from Johannesburg is 15 hours and 5 minutes.

Why visit Shannon

Shannon River

A Scenic Setting

With a location close to the Shannon River, you have the guarantee of enchanting views. The area beyond Shannon invites you to explore the beauty for which Ireland is known.

King Johns Castle Shannon

Historic Architecture

Shannon puts you close to many historic sites, such as King John’s Castle in Limerick, and Poulnabrone Dolmen further to the north in County Clare.

Limerick Convenient Distance from Shannon

Nearby Exciting Destinations

The town of Shannon is a short drive away from the neighbouring cities of Limerick, Ennis and Galway, ensuring you get to enjoy the buzzing environment of the urban scene.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Ireland
Currency Euro
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.07 EUR
Language Irish / English
Hub Airport Shannon Airport (SNN)
Airline Aer Lingus
Time Zone GMT + 0
Travel Adaptor Type G

Best time to visit Shannon

As Shannon is a small town with no attractions of its own, it doesn’t have a peak tourist season. You could visit any time, although the town experiences rainfall throughout the year. Summer (June – August) would be the most popular time to visit if you want to explore the outdoor attractions, with less rainfall (especially in June and July), however, be warned: if you visit other destinations like Limerick and Galway from Shannon, you will encounter more tourists there. Mid to late spring (April – May) and early autumn (September – October) offers cool weather, but April and May enjoy the least amount of rainfall.

Weather & Climate in Shannon

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall levels (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 4°C 3°C 5°C 5°C 8°C 11°C 13°C 13°C 11°C 9°C 6°C 5°C
High °C 8°C 8°C 10°C 13°C 16°C 18°C 20°C 19°C 17°C 14°C 10°C 9°C
Rainfall (mm) 100 90 90 60 60 70 60 90 80 100 100 100

Overview

The town of Shannon sits in a scenic location, along the Shannon Estuary. This destination offers you access to the many alluring sights and sounds of County Clare, making it ideal if you are after a holiday experience away from the lively city environment.

Shannon gives you access to beautiful historical sites and buildings like the Bunratty Castle and the Poulnabrone Dolmen. Just beyond the town, you will find picturesque landscapes and the gorgeous coast, where you can watch breath-taking scenes as the waves crash against the shore at the magnificent Cliffs of Moher.

Shannon is close to other famous cities along the Shannon river, such as Limerick, Ennis and Galway, each with a vibrant atmosphere.

You can enjoy this choice of a tranquil location and exciting scenes with a holiday experience in Shannon.

Visa & Customs

South African passport holders do not require a Visa to enter Ireland, however, if your flight takes you through the United Kingdom, you will need a UK Visa. Make sure to check when booking your flight to see if there are connecting flights via the United Kingdom or other countries that require a Visa. For more information, contact the United Kingdom High Commission in Pretoria (telephone: +27 12 421 7500) and the United Kingdom Consulate in Cape Town (telephone: +27 21 405 2400).

South African Embassy in Ireland

Address: Alexandra House, 2nd Floor, Earlsfort Centre, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2

Health & Safety

Make sure to get all the routine vaccinations four to six weeks before your trip to Ireland. Other diseases you may need to be wary of, depending on what you do or where you go in Shannon, include rabies, hepatitis A, and hepatitis B.

When exploring Shannon, take care not to walk anywhere at night, even if you are in a group. During your daytime explorations, make sure to keep your valuables in a secure place on your person and well out of sight. Refrain from showing large amounts of money when outside. When parking, make sure that all the doors are locked and that no valuables are left on the seats.

Cost of Living

ITEM CAPE TOWN JOHANNESBURG SHANNON
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 100.00 R 100.00 R 210.72
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R 25.00 R 25.00 R 70.24
Cappuccino (regular) R 22.33 R 22.34 R 39.30
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 10.00 R 20.02
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 37.50 R 37.50 R 147.50
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