Hostels in Doolin, Ireland

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Get to know Doolin (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Doolin. To help you make friends with Doolin before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Guess what? Doolin is also named and spelled Doolin Village - It is the same destination. Goodbye confusion.

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.

Written by local enthusiast for Doolin hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Doolin hostels Emily Schreiber

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Your Packing List for Doolin

Your Packing List for Doolin

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Doolin Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Doolin, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
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Other Nearby Cities

Lisdoonvarna (7 Km / 4 mi.)
Cliffs of Moher (7 Km / 4 mi.)
Lahinch (11 Km / 7 mi.)
Ennistymon (11 Km / 7 mi.)
Kilfenora (12 Km / 8 mi.)
The Burren (13 Km / 8 mi.)
Aran Islands (18 Km / 11 mi.)

Travel Tips for Doolin - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Doolin. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Doolin. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

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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