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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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Doolin Hostel B&B
"Very cozy. This place has the best staff I met in Ireland. The beds are comfortable, very quiet, and Doolin is a very nice village. You must stop here to enjoy the people, the ocean and the Fisher Street. I met the best people here." … "Staff and overall experience first rate - i had a fabulous time at Paddy's!!! The staff knew so much about the area and made it a pleasure to explore Doolin and the Burren, complete with bus schedule...
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
"If you are going to Doolin, Flanagan's Village Hostel is a fantastic place to stop! The owner is very friendly, full of great advice, and does everything he can to make you feel like you are staying at a home rather than a hostel. The Location The hostel is located about five minutes from the bus stop and parking is available in front. The hostel is about a ten-minute walk from the town, which has shops, restaurants, and bars. The...
Aille River Hostel (Cliffs of Moher & the Burren)
"… tea, free hot showers (24 hours),free linen, free laundry, including washing powder. Free internet access with wi-fi. Free maps and tourist info, free safety lockers, free parking. Towels for hire. Breakfast for a small fee. We encourage traditional music sessions and many musicians stop over with us regularly. Live music can be heard or played in the local pubs McDermotts, McGanns, Fitzpatrick’s and O'Connors only 5 minutes walk...
"… 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...
"… 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...
"… music nightly down the road and the other Village at walking distance. We are minutes walk from Doolin Pier where Ferries run to the Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher. With the Cliffs of Moher just 5km and the Burren Region just 10 minutes drive, my home is an ideal base for exploring the limestone desert and moonlike landscape with its enormous variety of rare flowers and animals, ‘one of the truly remarkable natural sights to be...
"… 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...
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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