Finding your way to the heart of medieval Loughrea in County Galway for the annual Loughrea Medieval Festival couldn’t be easier.
Situated along the northern shore of Lough Rea, 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.
Air Access to Loughrea
Shannon International 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
Ireland West Airport Knock is 110km, 1 hr 30 minutes drive from Loughrea. It offers direct connections to a number of UK destinations. www.irelandwestairport.com
Bus Access to Loughrea
Ireland’s national bus service, Bus Eireann www.buseireann.ie and City Link Bus www.citylink.ie have a drop off and pick-up 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.
Road Access to Loughrea
M6 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.
N18 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.
N83 & N17 Driving from Ireland West Airport Knock, Sligo and Donegal onto the M6 and the N65 Loughrea Link Road.
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. The car parks are located on Main Street, Barrack Street, and Station Road.
Pay and Display parking is in operation throughout the medieval town of Loughrea during business hours. 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. Tickets shall be at the rate of; 70c per hour, or €3 per day.
Getting Around Loughrea
Loughrea is compact, meaning a walk or a cycle is an ideal way to get around.
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.