Getting there & away
You can usually count on a Bus Éireann service or two linking all the main towns in the region each day. From Limerick routes run along the Shannon to Kilrush and Kilkee, as well as through Corofin, Ennistymon, Lahinch, Liscannor and on to the Cliffs of Moher and Doolin. Buses from Ennis follow the same pattern. On the coast between Kilkee and Lahinch services average twice daily in summer. There are a few other routes but they are not daily and are geared to school kids.
Shannon Ferry Limited (905 3124; www.shannonferries.com) runs a 20-minute car ferry from Killimer, across the Shannon Estuary, to Tarbert in County Kerry. You pay on board. See p284 for fares and times. It’s a real time-saver over detouring through Limerick.