Lonely Planet praises ‘lush’ areas of county Limerick

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

SOME of county Limerick’s most picturesque areas have been forever framed for posterity in the world’s most famous travel guide.

SOME of county Limerick’s most picturesque areas have been forever framed for posterity in the world’s most famous travel guide.

The latest Irish edition of the Lonely Planet, a fixture among travellers worldwide, includes an extensive write-up on areas of county Limerick, with tourist sites getting extensive recognition.

“County Limerick is closely tied to its namesake city, which has a history as dramatic as Ireland’s,” reads the introduction to the section.

“Treasures abound in its lush, green countryside,” continues the guide, praising the many “ancient Celtic sites, medieval abbeys and other relics, [which] endure in solitude, awaiting discovery”.

The guidebook claims to be the world’s leading travel content provider and the tenth edition of Lonely Planet Ireland was produced just last week with the newly updated guide to the region.

Well known hotels Adare Manor and the Dunraven are listed among the best places to stay, while the reader is encouraged to “take in the Shannon water vistas while wandering Limerick’s back roads via the centuries-old ruins at Askeaton and the fascinating flying boat museum at Foynes” - which gets a thorough write up.

“Deliberate over mouthwatering restaurant menus in the charming thatched heritage town of Adare,” the guide urges, before visiting “the haunting archaeological sites around Lough Gur”.

The latter in particular gets a glowing write-up, the guide’s writer lauding the “dozens of intriguing archaeological sites” in the area, including Grange Stone Circle, a “superb” 4000-year-old circular enclosure made up of 113 embanked upright stones.

Kilmallock’s “smattering of medieval buildings merit a visit”, we are told, with the town’s medieval stone mansion, King’s Castle, museum, Dominican priory and Collegiate Church all coming in for praise, as does the “excellent” Friars’ Gate Theatre.

Adare’s reputation as Ireland’s “prettiest village” is mentioned, along with an extensive list of sights and sounds of this “postcard-perfect village” which is a “popular romantic getaway for many Irish visitors at weekends, when you’ll also find Adare at its most vibrant”, it adds.

A spokesperson for the guide said that a team of writers personally visited thousands of hotels, restaurants, cafes, bars, galleries, museums and more in compiling it.