Self Catering Guide to Doolin, Co. Clare, Ireland
Doolin in the North West of picturesque County Clare, is traditionally known as a productive fishing village however in recent years Doolin has become renowned world-wide as the traditional music capital of Ireland, with session starting with breakfast and running through till late evening.
Places of Interest in Doolin and the Surrounding Area
From Doolin visitors can explore the Aran Islands with regular ferries from Doolin to the Irish speaking Island of Inishere (the smallest of the quaint Islands). While on the Islands why not purchase an Aran Sweater which was traditionally made by the wives of local fishermen. Each complex stitch of the Aran Sweater has a mythical meaning attributed to it, claiming to symbolise wishes of wealth, happiness and the in case of fishermen, a good catch.
Taking the one hour tour of the famous Doolin Caves (The Great Stalactite) is your opportunity to see one of the longest free hanging stalactites in the world.
Cliffs of Moher
The spectacular world renowned Cliffs of Moher are just a five minute drive from Doolin. Here you can stand on the edge of Ireland and watch the furious Atlantic waves crash against the giant cliffs.
The Burren is a limestone area which spans 250 sq kilometers through the North Western corner of Co. Clare. For the chance to view all the Burren has to offer why not take the Burren Way Walking Route which is a 28 mile (45 km) signposted walking trail from Liscannor, along by the Cliffs of Moher, onto Doolin and into Ballyvaughan.
The Aillwee Caves
The Aillwee Caves (Gaelic: Aill Bhuì meaning yellow cave) just 20 minutes drive from Doolin Village is probably the most famous of the many ancient caves that are hidden beneath the limestone landscape of the Burren. The cave itself features an underground river, waterfall, some very impressive stalactites & stalagmites along with animal remains including bears and many ancient relics.
Activities in Doolin and the Surrounding Area
Lahinch Sea World and Leisure Centre
Lahinch Seaworld and Leisure Centre offers a truly unique family experience with its insight into the aquatic life of the Atlantic Ocean and its Leisure Centre with swimming pool, fun slides, kiddies pool etc.
County Clare is Ireland premier surf locations with surf schools in Fanore and Lahinch.
Doolin has the ideal surfing conditions with the large swell that rolls in from the Atlantic , however, please remember that this swell can also be deadly and should only be attempted by experienced surfers who are surfing as a group. Please ensure you have a look at the Irish Tidal Charts before setting off.
Outdoor Activities in County Clare
The Burren Outdoor Education Centre
The Burren Outdoor Education Centre offers a range of outdoor activities including caving, kayaking, sailing, snorkeling, body boarding, orienteering, hill walking, rock climbing, team challenges and field studies.
Fishing in Doolin
The Clare coastline is famous for its shore and deep sea angling which can be done at points along the coast including Doolin, Lahinch, Fanore and Liscannor. And as the term "fishing village" indicates, Doolin is the ideal spot for a days fishing.
Golf in County Clare
Although Doolin doesn't have its own Golf Course, you won't have to travel too far to find a championship golf course, including:
Places of Interest to Visit near Doolin, Co Clare:
County Clare has attractions and surprises around every corner from historic sites and blue flag beaches to breathtaking scenery, so while in Doolin why not take the short car journey to some of the following recommended towns: