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Untouched by the tour buses that run rampant along the coast to the Cliffs of Moher, Doolin is a wonderful little village that is a backpackers dream. While it does see a lot of traffic from tourists and holiday-goers, it still holds fast to a traditional Irish spirit. It is on the doorstep to the Cliffs of Moher, the Aran Islands, and the Burren, and easy to reach if you are traveling on foot, hitchhiking, cycling, driving, or taking the bus.
There are plenty of hostels in Doolin, and most are very cozy and scenic. The village itself sits along a small river, and there are some great picnic spots and local walks that are very pretty. Be warned, however, that the closest supermarket is about seven kilometers away, although there is a small food shop ... it is very expensive and there aren't a lot of options. There are a few pubs along the street (some are better than others, as is the case with all places) -- here you will find traditional music sessions, with a variety of local musicians and singers all taking turns singing folk songs and playing tunes. Since there are often other Irish families on holiday who visit, as well as backpackers, the locals are pretty used to having a variety of visitors and are friendly and welcoming.
If you're ever in need of something to do, walk down to the coast and check out the small cliffs that stretch around the shoreline, or go to the pier and look for the resident dolphin. The Aran Islands are a ferry ride away from Doolin, and the Burren is a great place for some day hikes. You can also see the Cliffs of Moher from a boat or from land; both are a short distance away by bus or car. Galway is just north of Doolin, and easy to reach by bus or car as well.
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Aille River Hostel (Cliffs of Moher & the Burren)
"… full use of hostel facilities. No lock outs or curfews. Hostel staff will be happy to inform you of local sights and activities including: Aillwee Caves, Burren Heritage Centre, Cliffs of Moher, Doolin Cave, castles, forts, Celtic ruins, golf, hiking, rock climbing, Poulnabrone Dolmen, surfing, fishing spots, trips to Aran Islands, bus and travel information. - Cancellations within 48 hours- no payment. - Reception opens from...
Aille River Hostel
"Tucked back from the road behind the small river it’s named after, the Aille River Hostel is a warm and cozy retreat that often feels like a B&B, though the variety of visitors makes it an equally great place to meet fellow travelers. The hostel also has a small car park and camping lot adjacent to it, and those who pitch their tents also have access to all common rooms and bathrooms. The staff are welcoming and helpful, and a quick look at...
Rainbow Hostel Doolin
"Rainbow Hostel Doolin is an intensely cozy hostel. Run by a couple, it manages to be clean and full of young people. The Location Doolin is a small town located in the Burren area, so any bus to Doolin will get you right next to this hostel. The bus drivers are very accommodating, so they will make a stop in front of the hostel, even if it isn't marked as such. There is no train into this area, keeping the tourist crowds to the major...
Flanagan's Village Hostel
"We have stayed here on our last four trips. This is a well-kept, well-run, clean, and comfortable hostel. It is a family-run place, with showers, large dorms or family rooms. The people who own the place are friendly and helpful. There are large kitchen facilities and a cozy sitting room. The surrounding views are spectacular, as are the pubs, which are only a three-minute walk from the hostel. Go and enjoy." … "I have also stayed at...
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"… From our B & B you have a beautiful view of the bay, with Doolin village just a 2 minute drive away. Our guests can enjoy the comforts of our generously proportioned bedrooms, which offer all modern facilities like TV, hairdryer, tea & coffee making facilities and ensuite bathroom. We also have rooms with two and three double beds available. Our House is non-smoking there is a lounge where you can relax and read about...
"… truly remarkable natural sights to be found in Western Europe'. A must see for the dedicated botanist and tourist alike. Your host Teresa Shannon, a native of Doolin, will be happy to provide information and answers your questions on the local area. A good wholesome breakfast with vegetarian options is included and packed lunches are available on request. Free internet access and wifi available. Open all year round and...
"… River,set in private mature gardens, exuding old world charm. All rooms have private bathroom and t.v and hairdryer.Tea and coffee on arrival. Located only 2 min walk from the famous irish music pubs and restaurants. Doolin is the nearest ferry port to the Aran islands and amazing cliffs of moher. Doolin is also an ideal base for exploring the Burren National Park and dont forget to visit the spectacular Doolin Cave, the...
"Charming National/Regional Award winning 19th century farmhouse. Noted for its comfort and tranquility. Adjacent to Doolin, Cliffs of Moher and Aran Islands. Ideal location for walking tours of the Burren region. Special rates for tours." … "From Shannon Airport take the route N67 to Lisdoonvarna. From Galway follow the coast road to Ballyvaughan, then Lisdoonvarna." … Lisdoonvarna
"… Coastal Trail which winds its way along the Cliff Edge 7km up to the visitor viewing point and 12kms to Hags head at the other end. Horseshoe House is also an ideal base to go hiking and cycling the Burren (we are on the Burren Way route), the Aran Islands (1 1/2km to ferries) and we have a keen interest in all the local history and would be delighted to share our knowledge and point you in the right direction of the local...
Atlantic Sunset House
"Welcome to Atlantic Sunset Bed and Breakfast Doolin Accommodation A Family run and purpose built accommodation. At Atlantic Sunset Bed and Breakfast Doolin, a warm welcome is assured, ideally located for touring offering any visitor a pleasurable stay in Ireland Irish Tourist Board Approved Spacious en suite family and double bedrooms. Bedrooms fully equipped with Tea/Coffee making facilities, hairdryer, curling iron, and...
"… all year round, we are able to provide a place to stay and rest whilst you journey around this fascinating region of Ireland. You may even end up staying for longer than you think! Doolin is considered by many to be the home of traditional Irish music and with the famous pubs, McDermott's and McGann's just 2 minutes walk away and O'Connors a mere 10 minutes walk, you could not be closer to the action. Traditional Irish music...
"Bright, spacious, friendly family home. Less than 10 mins walk from restaurants and all traditional Irish music pubs. 7 breakfast choices. Near Cliffs of Moher, Burren, Aran Islands ferry. Wireless internet access and ground floor bedroom available. Rick Steves and Trip Advisor recommended." … "From Lisdoonvarna, take R479 to Doolin. At crossroads with Fitz's pub and Aille River Hostel, turn towards hostel. Driver over the bridge,...
"… and the traditional village of Doolin. You can experience some of the most breathtaking views of the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, the Burren and the surrounding rolling hills of Co Clare. Our home is superbly located on the R478 which is the Cliffs of Moher road (10 minutes drive). Harbour View is an excellent location for touring the many sites in this region. Cathy is totally enthusiastic about this magnificent and interesting...
"Centrally located Guesthouse in the heart of Doolin village. Home baking and breakfast menu. Spacious bedrooms with telephone, television, hairdryers, tea/coffee facilities. Large garden in peaceful surroundings. Recommended by travel writers. Tourism Award Winners. Warm welcome awaits you. 3 ***. 2 rooms purposely built for people with disabilities. Free Wifi." … Doolin Village
Danaher's Doolin View B&B
"… View We offer a choice of comfortable double and twin bedrooms, all being ensuite and tastefully decorated including warm country style wooden furniture. Find out about our accommodation here. Experience your big Irish or Continental breakfast with a view! And in the evenings enjoy the warmth of the open fire in the fire-place in the lounge! Sit out and relax on the deck on a summer's evening and and see the sun setting over the...
"We are a family run Bed & Breakfast located in the heart of Doolin village, just a minute's walk from pubs, shops and restaurants and we would be happy to help you make the most of your stay. Irish Music Capital: Doolin is world famous for traditional Irish music, where musicians gather in the pubs each evening for some lively entertainment." … "… roads and a Gas Station. Turn left down the hill towards the sea. At...
Emohruo Bed & Breakfast
"… riding, swimming, surfing and water skiing and windsurfing. Why not enjoy a family day out at one of the stunning beaches and maybe spot a Dolphin or two? There is something for everyone to enjoy. The picturesque beauty of the Burren, Cliffs of Moher and numerous beaches combine to make Clare a great holiday destination. Emohruo Bed and Breakfast is a great base from which to explore Co. Clare's many attractions including...
Doolin Travel Tips & Suggestions
I named my cat after this wonderful place!
I visited just for the day on a tour, and am coming back for a longer stay in 2010. They have great folk and wonderful music.
— dawn downey
When I think of Doolin, I have nothing but good memories. It's a nice, relaxing place. It's quiet but without the ghost-town feeling and with very nice, decent people around the area.
— Turfbank G
I was in Doolin for August bank holiday and had a great time!
— Ciara B
Doolin is like Vegas what goes on in Doolin stays in Doolin. Have a grand old time. Just remember we don't go for the men or weather. Doolin Cafe is wonderful.
Great music in the pubs. But Doolin is pricey and has inconvienent shops.There is no ATM machine. Bring a bag of groceries and have cash.
We Loved Doolin. We travel a lot and our trip to Ireland was one of our favorites and the time we spent in Doolin was the best of Ireland. The locals as well as tourists we met in the pubs were charming. Hoping to come back soon.
— Jerry & Melinda Walsh
Hush! Don't be letting everyone know. There will be no room for the rest of us!!!!
Doolin is my favorite place to visit in Ireland. The music can't be beat. Go there the last weekend in February for a great festival!
This is a very small village, and somewhat remote, but well worth the effort to get there. With views of the cliffs, wide open vistas and great pubs.
I loved the simplicity of waking up in the morning, looking out, and seeing only a minimarket, a music store and a pub. Not to mention waching five cows eating breakfast with you out side your window.
I think this is one of the most charming and beautiful places on earth. I named my dog Doolin in honor of this special place.
Doolin is a very small village so wherever you stay will be close to the few pubs available. Doolin is said to be the home of Irish music and the pubs are all very welcoming to tourists with great music and craic. There is not a lot of accommodation in Doolin so it may be best to book ahead. There are no supermarkets in the area, if arriving late bring food to cook with you or just dine out.
Doolin is a gorgeous place to visit. And a good place to rent bikes and explore.
Amazing tiny Irish folk village. A few speciality music shops, music cafe playing and selling irish music, some great rocks to play on by the coast & a friendly chilled atmosphere. A great place to relax, a bit remote though.
Beautiful village, with great pubs.
Just a quick couple of comments. GO TO THE MUSIC STORE. It's really cute, and it serves GREAT chocolate cake with whipped cream. Bring cash, because there is no ATM in town, and the grocery store does not accept credit cards.
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