Tarbert to Foynes and back is a route along the Wild Atlantic Way into County Limerick to visit the Foynes Flying Boat Museum.
Approx. 48km distance, 48 minutes driving time
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Tarbert to Foynes and back
This route takes you from Tarbert to Foynes, and back, along the South bank of the Shannon Estuary Way. The road follows the water for much of the route, giving spectacular views of the Shannon.
There is one Wild Atlantic Way Discovery Point in Foynes.
The ferry port from Tarbert is about 2km from the town. The crossing to Killimer takes about 20-25 minutes and loading and unloading can take up to 10 minutes.
Boats leave on the half hour every hour from Tarbert and in the summer months every half an hour, when they have two boats running the service. At the time of writing a single crossing costs 22 euros for a car, but there is a discount if booking online.
You can find ferry times and book online here: shannonferries.com
Home for 800 years to the Fitzgerald family, the hereditary Knights of Glin.
The Georgian family house is still home to the family but can be hired for fine dining or entertainment. Entry on appointment.
A beautifully built solid pier, a short distance from the Shannon Estuary Way.
Parking space is available and this is a good spot to fish from. Nice views of the Shannon. A nice spot for Wild Camping on the Wild Atlantic Way.
Foynes Island View Point
A Discovery Point on the WAW and a view over Foynes Harbour, Foynes Island and Auginish Alumina in the background.
This museum, located in Foynes, celebrates the home of the first commercial transatlantic flying boats that flew from here to America before WWII.
There is a full-sized replica of a B314 flying boat which used to carry celebrities across the Atlantic.
This is the birthplace of the Irish Coffee.
Maureen O’Hara, the famed Irish-American actress, famous from The Quiet Man, amongst other famous movies, was a patron of the museum until her death. She was married to one of the flying boat pilots.
The museum is definitely worth a visit.
This charming little pub at the end of the small village of Foynes is a nice place to stay.
It can get a bit noisy on a Saturday night as the rooms are close to the pub itself. But otherwise, very comfortable and good food is served.
Shannon Foynes Port Company is Ireland’s largest Bulk Port operator.
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Last Updated on October 13, 2023 by Gav