Idyllic, bucolic, pastoral: these are just some of the words regularly used to describe the wonderful and beguiling County Limerick in Ireland. Lying along the River Shannon to the north and hemmed in to the west by the Galtee Mountains, Limerick is by no means lacking when it comes to natural beauty and stunning vistas.
It’s a little more sedate, a little more secluded and a little more serene than the so-called Wild Atlantic Way that dominates the western coast of Ireland, and would be the perfect place for a countryside retreat. So, if you’re looking for somewhere to find a little peace and quiet, then why not try out one of our countryside cottages in County Limerick. We have a lovely range of rural cottages, all of them traditional stone buildings, and many of them featuring stunning period features as well as gardens and outdoor terraces.
A great place to start your explorations of County Limerick is in Limerick City, which straddles the River Shannon, right before this mighty river empties into the ocean at the Shannon Estuary. The city has certainly had a history of difficulties, whether you want to look as far back as the 1930s and 40s, as depicted in Frank McCourt’s famous memoir Angela’s Ashes, or more recently to post-2008, after the crash of the ‘Celtic Tiger’.
Limerick City is on the up and up now though, and well worth a day or two’s visit if you have the time. It has a lively bar and pub scene, with the requisite live music, as well as buzzy restaurants and cafes, art galleries and museums, and a wonderfully renovated castle that’s a must-visit for its Norman architecture dating back to the 1200s, as well as excavated Viking remains and other historical artefacts.
Elsewhere in Limerick, you’ll want to be sure to see Grange Stone Circle near Lough Gur, the oldest stone circle in Ireland, that dates back 4,000 years. Lough Gur itself is a wonderful place to spend some time, whether you just want to be surrounded by natural beauty or are interested in the fascinating burial mounds and standing stones that abound here.
Other places of interest in this region include Newcastle West and Knocklong, where we also happen to have some great rural cottages in County Limerick for you to cosy up in after a long day of sightseeing and enjoying yourself.
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