Doolin Travel Guide

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Doolin Highlights

  • Pro
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     Traditional Music, Splendid Scenary 

  • Con
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     Limited bus schedule in January 

  • In a nutshell
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     For the Cliffs of Moher 

Doolin Things to Do

  • The Cliffs of Moher

    Everyone has to see the cliffs. They are breathtaking. Hike to them from Doolin. It's about 8 miles, but sometimes you can con a ride from a tour back to Doolin once you get there. Almost every tour company stops for lunch in Doolin after visiting the cliffs. They really are a site to see, although you will encounter plenty of tourists, souvenir...

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  • The Aran Islands

    Steven and I absolutely LOVED this island. It was the smallest of the 3 Aran Islands and we really got a piece of the real Irish Culture. They still have the rock huts that were built 200+ years ago with the grass roofs, and the entire Island uses the rocks for fences. When we arrived onto the island we took a jaunting car tour. Our tour guide was...

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  • The Burren

    Use Doolin as your base. Walk out toward the beach then head north up the coast. Fabulous wild flowers, butterflies, birds, and you might see a stoat if you're quiet. If you travel further up the coast toward Ballyvaughan you might see the wild, but very friendly, young dolphin. Or take one of Shane Connolly's walks (Ph. +353-65-7077168 or Mobile:...

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  • O'Connors Pub

    Doolin and the O'Connors pub are so attractive that I should like to finish my life there. When I escape from Belgium to land in Ireland, I fill so better and more at Doolin. Don't go there, don't change this marvellous place!

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  • Aillwee Cave

    Some of the best caves in Ireland (or as the tourist info puts it "Ireland's premier showcave" - whatever that may mean!) the Aillwee caves are definitely worth a visit If you think the Burren is impressive looking above ground then check it out below where the caves are full of spectacular rock formations. The caves are open all year round...

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  • Inisheer Island

    Steven and I absolutely LOVED this island. It was the smallest of the 3 Aran Islands and we really got a piece of the real Irish Culture. They still have the rock huts that were built 200+ years ago with the grass roofs, and the entire Island uses the rocks for fences. When we arrived onto the island we took a jaunting car tour. Our tour guide was...

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Doolin Restaurants

  • O'Connors Pub

    O'Connors is a lively, local pub that serves great food, usually accompanied by irish music played by local people who jsut happen to turn up and play for the fun of it. Traditional Music is played all year long and during the summer 7 nights a week 9.30pm 'til close O'Connors was awarded the Traditional Irish Music Pub of the Year in 2002 by...

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  • The Lazy Lobster

    Whenever I'm in Doolin, I vist the Lazy Lobster. The food is very well, especially the fresh lobsters and the soups. Its not only a seafood restaurant, you can have really nice fillets of irish beef which are as good as the seafood is. The restaurant is small (like 10 tables or so) and the service crew is very friendly and helps you out when you...

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  • McDermott's Pub

    Pub consists of a room with the main bar and another dining room with a smaller bar . Pub can get very crowded when the music starts. This was the only time I had Corned Beef and Cabbage during my entire trip to Ireland. It was good but not as good as my wife makes.

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  • Wonderful seafood!

    Whenever I'm in Doolin, I vist the Lazy Lobster. The food is very well, especially the fresh lobsters and the soups. Its not only a seafood restaurant, you can have really nice fillets of irish beef which are as good as the seafood is. The restaurant is small (like 10 tables or so) and the service crew is very friendly and helps you out when you...

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  • Gus O'Connors pub

    O'Connors is a lively, local pub that serves great food, usually accompanied by irish music played by local people who jsut happen to turn up and play for the fun of it.Traditional Music is played all year long and during the summer 7 nights a week 9.30pm 'til close O'Connors was awarded the Traditional Irish Music Pub of the Year in 2002 by the...

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  • Music, Seafood and excellent beer

    One of the places recommended to us if we wanted to hear some local music, we instead had a very nice lunch there during our drive around the countryside. I can definitely recommend the raw oysters in season, the excellent seafood chowder and the fish and chips. Also had a pint of local brew as well---MMMMM! Seafood chowder---thick and fresh, big...

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Doolin Nightlife

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  • O'Connors Pub

    O'connor's pub is just amazing! The people are so friendly and welcoming like your just one of them, the music isnt just played on a stage and everyone sipping pints, its in the middle of the people. People are dancing and singing like they haven't a care in the world. I have never walked in at night-time and it empty, oh no, it does be absolutely...

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  • O'connor's

    O'connor's pub is just amazing! The people are so friendly and welcoming like your just one of them, the music isnt just played on a stage and everyone sipping pints, its in the middle of the people. People are dancing and singing like they haven't a care in the world. I have never walked in at night-time and it empty, oh no, it does be absolutely...

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  • Great music

    We were in Doolin for 2 nights and both nights ended up here. First off it was walking distance to our BNB and second..it was alot of fun. Oconnors can get really packed on nights they have live music but if you show up early you shouldn't have a problem finding a table. We had a drunk Irish kid come sit with us at our table and he entertained us...

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Doolin Transportation

  • Ferry to Aran Islands

    Aran Islands Ferry provides service between Doolin and the Aran Islands. The crossing to Inishmore takes about 2 hours, with a stop in Inisheer. There is a student discount available through their website. They said that they didn’t know such a thing existed (although the print-out of my reservation convinced them that it does exist).

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  • Onwards to the Aran Islands

    Doolin ferries ply the short stretch of water across to the smallest (and most say the best of the) Aran islands. It Only takes about 20 mins, although they do also make the trip to the largest island as well.One useful tip (although it works out a little more expensive) is to be aware of the fact that you can buy a one-way ticket to the Aran...

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  • Surprisingly well connected

    For a one-horse town, Doolin is very well connected to the outside well. A series of buses stop opposite the youth Hostel, including (in the summer) at least three or four daily services to Galway.

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Doolin Shopping

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  • Unique Local Crafts

    This shop is small yet it captures the heart of the Doolin area. It has crafts created by local artists from pottery to poetry, artwork to artfully woven scarves and coats. I am a fan of the artwork of Tim Muloney, which is offered at Celtic Waves. My performance partner finds Anna Nielsen's Pen & Ink art engrossing. I have picked up several...

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  • Visit Ireland's most westerly Coffee &...

    The Magnetic Music Cafe is a music store and coffee shop set up inside a thatched cottage on Doolin's Fisher Street. It was quite a stroke of luck to find such a high calibre music store in Doolin. It has quite an unusual inventory of Irish, Celtic and world music. It has listening posts so that you can hear the CD you are interested in purchasing....

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  • All natural ingredients...

    The Clare Jam company stands in an idyllic position in a clifftop position a mile or so to the south of Doolin. The Manufacturing area is not much bigger than a good-sized garage but they make a bewildering variety of very high quality jams. The small attached shop sells them from between 2 Euro 40 a jar and 3 Euro (for the normal sized jamjar)I...

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Doolin Warnings and Dangers

  • Book early, or it could be the beach...

    Despite the myriad of Bed and Breakfasts in the village and surrounding areas, it is best to book ahead of time, especially on summer weekends.We recently spent 4 hours searching for accommodation before we struck lucky, and got a whole house to ourselves for the price of a B&B room.At one house we knocked at the door to enquire about B&B and was...

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  • Walking to Hag’s Head?

    When we asked at the tourist information at the Cliffs that we wanted to walk to Hag’s Head and back, they tell us that this walking track is already several years closed and that its dangerous to walk this route. But in a lot of guide books they tell us about this beautiful walk. We were indecisive in what to do, but due to the bad weather (fog)...

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  • Cash versus Credit Cards

    Just a short warning to say that there are 3 pubs in Doolin but only O'Connors takes credit cards. The others only take cash so take plenty along with you if you wish to visit one of the others

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Doolin Tourist Traps

  • Lets all go to the very dark caves

    The Ailwee caves are heavily promoted around here and signposted from just about everywhere. Whilst I have not personally visited them, everyone who has ever mentioned them whilst I have been around have said they are about as interesting as standing in a common or garden shed with the lights out. I suppose that if you have never been in a cave...

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  • Tourist Traps?!

    Ummm...there aren't really any tourist traps in Doolin. Some of the locals might say that the ferry service to Inishere is a tourist trap, but since that's the only way for us tourists to get to the island, it is kind of necessary. Of course, if you make friends with a local then they might take you for free!

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Doolin Off The Beaten Path

  • Take the goat path

    You can visit the highest point of the Cliffs of Moher by walking up the road a few miles to it, however I recommend walking along the side of them. If you talk to the locals, they will tell you where you can find the goat's path along the edge of the cliffs - a relatively dangerous but intensely beautiful and breathtaking journey. When I went, I...

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  • Father Ted Land

    If you are a fan of the surreal comedy series “Father Ted” then you will already have some kind of introduction to the area around here. Although made by a British company, and for a while banned in Ireland, the series became hugely popular.The use of the word ‘Feck’ was perhaps the shows most enduring legacy and the creation of the...

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  • Doolin IS "Off the Beaten Track"

    There are no trains to Doolin, so if you end up there, you probably meant to. The best "off the beaten track" thing I can come up with is to visit Inishere. It's a good thirty minute ferry ride from Doolin's pier, but well worth it.

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Doolin Sports & Outdoors

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    by rcsparty Updated Feb 16, 2008

    Doonbeg is a Greg Norman golf course, and it was in fantastic condition when we played in July. The winds are not quite as bad as they can be at places like Ballybunion, but the course has some breathtaking holes. This course was probably my favorite among the six that I have played on the west coast of Ireland.

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Doolin Favorites

  • Bicycle Round Trip

    From Doolin to the Cliff's of Moher, round tirp by bicycle.it's a more then 1and half hour does it take. rent a bicycle to hostel. >

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  • Parking at the Cliffs of Moher

    When you want to visit the Cliffs of Moher, you probably will park your car at the car park of the Cliffs. This will cost you 3 euro for the whole day. When we ware there, we had a very thick fog in the morning and we decided to cruise across the Burren and come back later. When we left we asked the responsible person if we could come back with the...

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  • No ATMS

    Remember: there are no ATMS in Doolin. No banks either. Only one of the pubs accepts credits cards, too, so unless you want to eat there the entire time you're staying, you had better bring some money!

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