Welcome To Doolin

Doolin is a favourite spot of music lovers. Seven miles from the Cliffs of Moher, the once sleepy hamlet became popular among folk and traditional musicians and enthusiasts thanks in no small part to Micho Russell in the 1960s. A flautist and whistle player as well as a singer, Russell’s popularity put Doolin on the map thanks to international tours and television and radio appearances. Russell (along with his brothers Packie and Gussie, who accompanied him) is now deceased, but his spirit is alive in Doolin.
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Information Doolin Ireland

The village is thriving at most times of the year, with the traditional music today playing second fiddle to less “pure” genres in order to cater for more modern tastes. Some listeners will come away from Doolin believing that they’ve been exploited by the village’s reputation and subjected to an earful of noise. However, although there are numerous other places to enjoy traditional music in County Clare, Doolin and its few main pubs still retain pride of place and you may happen upon a special gig or session if you’re lucky one night. Town planning wasn’t at the forefront of people’s minds as Doolin developed, with its modern housing now scattered around the area. However, the aesthetics of the village don’t detract from its charms. There are many guesthouses and bed and breakfasts in Doolin, some of them offering good seafood while others are beautifully maintained traditional farmhouses with their own tennis courts. Other accommodations will provide wonderful views of the area. Seaside camping is also available. There are also recognised and accredited hostels in the area. The restaurants are mainly found at the north end of Doolin, with most of them serving a good range of seafood. Doolin’s pubs will also serve reasonably priced meals. There are also boat trips available from Doolin pier to the Aran Islands and to the Cliffs of Moher.

Attractions Doolin Ireland

Ailwee Cave - Ballyvaughan

Located near Ballyvaughan, with its stalactites and stalagmites, the Aillwee Cave beneath the Burren has become one of Irelands leading attractions. An essential part of a visit to the Burren, it affords the opportunity to travel through beautiful caverns, over bridged chasms and under weird formations.

Biddy Early Brewery - Inagh

Located at Inagh, just 10 mile from Ennis on the Lahinch Road. Ireland's first pub-brewery is named after a Clare woman by the name of Biddy Early, who was renowned for her magical powers in the 1800s. Since it's opening in 1995 the brewery has continued to produce a unique selection of hand crafted beers in memory of the great woman. These include Black Biddy, Red Biddy, Blonde Biddy and Real Biddy.

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park - Bunratty

One of Irelands top visitor attractions, Bunratty Castle is the most complete and authentic medieval castle in the country. Built in 1425, it was faithfully restored in 1954 and has furnishings and tapestries which capture the mood and style of the times. The Folk Park, set in 26 acres, recreates nineteenth century Ireland. The Park features include a recreated village street, eight farmhouses, a watermill, blacksmiths forge, Macs pub and restaurant and a display of nineteenth century agricultural machinery.

Cliffs of Moher - Lahinch

Located just north of Lahinch on the coast of West Clare, are the Cliffs of Moher. Natural ramparts against the might of the Atlantic, they rise in places to over 215m and stretch for almost 8km.

Corofin Heritage Museum - Corofin

This award winning Heritage Museum is housed in what was once Saint Catherine's Church, which was built in 1718 by a cousin of Queen Anne. Its main theme, 'Ireland West 1800 - 1860' portrays a traumatic period of Irish history under the headings of 'Lan d'Tenure', 'The Famine', 'Emigration', 'Education', 'Irish Language and Music' and others.