Getting to Loughrea
The picturesque town of Loughrea is located in east County Galway, approximately 30km southeast of Galway City on the N6 primary route with a by-pass linking the town to the M6 motorway. Situated along the northern shore of Lough Rea, the thriving ‘town of the grey lake’, has a rich medieval history, and is regarded to date back to the 13th century, when the Anglo-Norman, Richard de Burgo, is reputed to have built Loughrea Castle.
Whether you are coming to the town from within Ireland or abroad, Loughrea is pretty easy to get to, and when you get here there is no problem getting around.
Air Access to Loughrea
Shannon Airport is approx. 59 minute drive from Loughrea. In addition to UK and EU connections it offers direct flights to/from the USA. For further details log onto www.shannonairport.com
Dublin Airport provides significant international access to Loughrea via Shannon Airport. It can also be accessed directly via rail and road and is approx. 2 hours drive from Loughrea. For further details log onto www.dublinairport.com
Bus Access to Loughrea
Irelands national bus service, Bus Eireann www.buseireann.ie and City Link Bus www.citylink.ie have a drop off and pickup service in the centre of Loughrea town. There are two bus stops on the Main Street, outside Beattys Jewellers on the Main Street when travelling from the East of Ireland and outside Supermac’s on the Main Street when travelling from the West.
Rail Access to Loughrea
Craughwell railway station at Killora, on the Galway/Limerick line is just minutes by car from Loughrea. Athenry Railway Station is less than twenty minutes away, with routes serviced including the Dublin/Galway and the Galway/Limerick services. Schedule Information is available from Irish Rail www.irishrail.ie
Road Access to Loughrea
There are excellent motorway links from Connemara and Galway City in the West, and Athlone and Dublin City in the East via the M6 motorway and the N65 Loughrea Link Road.
Approaching Loughrea from Shannon Airport, Clare, Limerick, Kerry Cork, Waterford or Tipperary in the East – from the N18 Ennis Road turn right onto the N66 Loughrea Road in Gort.
When driving around Loughrea town, keep an eye on the street signs, as there are a number of one way streets in place.
Parking in Loughrea
Loughrea is well served with three car parks as well as additional on-street parking.
Pay and Display parking is in operation throughout the town of Loughrea. It requires you to pay on arrival for the maximum length of time you anticipate staying in the car park and display the ticket in the windscreen of your vehicle.
Motorists are advised to check street signage when parking to verify pay and/or permit parking requirements for that area and avoid parking fines.
Getting Around Loughrea
Loughrea is compact, meaning a walk or a cycle is an ideal way to get around. Loughrea is a picturesque town, with the lake, parks and open spaces, beautiful buildings and more to explore. What better way to take it all in than on foot?
Why not take a Self Guided Walk, it’s the best way to soak up Loughrea’s historic atmosphere.
Stretch your legs with a stroll down The Walks or take a leisurely walk along the lake.
There are many tourist information signs located around the town. The signs point pedestrians and cyclists to key areas and buildings in Loughrea. The panels have maps, which show you where you are and some of the places of interest nearby.