doolin county clare


Doolin County Clare

Doolin County Clare is a village on the Wild Atlantic Coast in Ireland noted for traditional music. It has been a favourite spot for young people interested in traditional music and rural living. There are many bars and music venues, lots of accommodation and a ferry service to the Aran Islands.

The village is noted as a place where a traditional Irish music session can spring to life at any time

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Festivals in Doolin

The Doolin Folk Festival is an annual event in June which attracts top traditional musicians and fans.
This festival has been going on for decades and is one of the most popular and successful folk festivals in the country.

russell brothers of Doolin

The Russell Festival is held in February each year. It celebrates the life and music of the Russell brothers Micho, Packie and Gussie who were famous traditional musicians from the area.

These are really popular festivals and we advise that you need to book accommodation early if you want to stay locally.

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Things To Do in Doolin

As well as its music the village is near to other Clare attractions including The Burren and The Cliffs of Moher and is not far from Galway City.
From the Pier nearby you can take the Doolin Ferry to the Aran Islands.
There are also various boat trips around the bay available locally

Doolin Cave

doolin cave

One of the big attractions is the Cave which is is home to the largest free-hanging stalactite in Europe and third largest in the World. For more information visit

Outdoor Activities

Visitors come to this area not only for the music and ‘craic’ but for the stunning scenery and outdoor activities.
There are numerous opportunities for activities including hiking, kayaking, angling, caving, diving, rock-climbing , pitch and putt, cycling, horse-riding and lots more . The surrounding Burren is known for its array of looped walking, cycling and horse-riding trails.

doolin to liscannor walk at moher

The Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk is a 20km trail between Doolin and Liscannor, taking in the Cliffs of Moher and some spectacular scenery.


sheedys doolin bed and breakfast bedroom 5

The village and surrounding area has lots of good accommodation including including hotels, bed and breakfasts, self catering and hostels.

Here is a selection of accommodation available:

Hotels: Hotel Doolin, Doolin Inn, Fiddle + Bow Hotel, Ballinalacken Castle Country House Hotel
Bed and Breakfast: Cullinan’s Guesthouse, Sheedy’s, Dubhlinn House, The Lodge, The Pipers Rest.
Self Catering: Piper’s Chair Houses, Mary’s Meadow, River View Apartment, Half Door Cottage, Killilagh House Accommodation.
Hostels: Aille River Tourist Hostel

Eat and Drink

homestead doolin

There are quite a few good restaurants, cafes and pubs.

Restaurants: Anthony’s, Russells Seafood Bar, The Ivy Cottage, Oar Restaurant, Homestead Cottage.
Pubs: Gus O’Connors McDermott’s Pub, McGann’s Pub & Restaurant

How Far is Doolin Ireland?

Ennis: 38km, Shannon Airport: 62km, Limerick: 77km, Galway: 69km Dublin: 261km

The easiest way to get there is by car. (See distances above)
Public Transport: Train or Bus to Ennis. Bus from Ennis to your destination..

Check out our other places in County Clare.


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