Things to do in Doolin, County Clare
We’ve wined and dined and walked the best of Doolin so you don’t have a to miss a thing.
Read on for our guide to the Doolin essentials…
Soaking in the Sights
Doolin sits on the edge of the magnificent Burren (from the Irish for ‘Great Rock’) district of northwest county Clare, meaning this area of environmental interest is on your doorstep.
Burren National Park, one of the smallest of six in Ireland, can be found within this area and is a great way to start your visit. You’ll be spoilt for choice between walking trails, the stunning wildlife and flora of the area and a chance to savour Dromore Wood Nature Reserve.
The Nature Reserve isn’t just of great historic and archaeological note, but is also a home to the elusive Pine Marten, a large popular of Red Squirrel, bats, foxes and much more.Ready
Walk the Breathtaking Cliffs of Moher
Simply a ‘must see’.
From your choice of three separate viewing platforms you’ll be able to take in the sweeping majesty of the world-famous Cliffs of Moher.
The South Platform even gives a chance to spot the Puffin colony found on Goat Island as well as – fingers crossed – many other seabirds.
A recommended 4km walk to Hags Head will give incredible views of the cliffs.
Visit the Aran Islands
We love exploring the locations around Ireland’s RentACottage.ie locations including the Aran Islands, but this time you don’t have to take our word for it!
Described by National Geographic as “one of the world’s top island destinations”, the unspoilt and spectacular sights of the Aran Islands make for a unique experience worth taking the time to enjoy.
A visit to three islands – Inis Mor, Inis Meain and Inis Orr (eve the names are beautiful!) – may well give a chance to hear the Irish language being spoken. If you have a ‘Cúpla Focal’ or you’re keen to try (a Duolingo course is a great primer) you might even have the chance to speak in the native tongue of many of the residents.
Adventuring and Staying in Doolin
Take to the Seas
There’s few better ways to enjoy the areas surrounding Doolin than by booking a spot on the Doolin Ferry.
In particular, a one hour Cliffs of Moher Cruise offers dramatic views and even more chance to catch a sight of the rare birds of the area with the company and guidance of a local Captain. We were already sold when we heard it was a good way to take in the local Puffins!
Stay in Style!
Our pick, of course, for accommodation in Doolin has to be taking your very own holiday home-from-home.
For a more freewheeling, relaxed way to enjoy the area, the holiday homes offer accommodation for five people (one double room and one room with a double and single) with easy parking not to mention a short drive or walk to local leisure and adventure attractions!
Great Food and Late Nights in Doolin!
Sample the Local Flavours
From bars and gastropubs to cafes and restaurants, the question is simply how you’d like to enjoy the fresh Wild Atlantic Way seafood and local produce.
A friendly welcome and plenty of choice from the beer taps and spirit shelves (recommendation: sample a few different Irish whiskeys) makes for an unhurried taste experience.
Great Music, Great Company
We’d recommend a few places to take in Doolin’s famous traditional Irish music scene, but with so many sessions per week in summer half the fun is making your choice of which to enjoy!
The colourful local pubs open their doors, and their hospitality, to visitors out to experience the musicians who form such a vital and historic part of life for local people.
Be sure to keep an eye out for spontaneous sessions springing up where musicians have gathered and can’t resist a chance to celebrate local music together!