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The traditional fishing village of Doolin is situated on the coast of Co.Clare between Lisdoonvarna and Liscannor in the west of Ireland. Doolin is known as a centre for traditional Irish music and its pubs often have spontaneous sessions in addition to more planned gigs. The village has some excellent restaurants serving locally caught, fresh seafood.
Ferries leave regularly from Doolin harbour taking sightseers to view the nearby Cliffs of Moher from the sea and also regular sailings to the Aran Islands with the smallest island Inishere (which is completely Irish speaking) only 10Km off the Co. Clare coast from Doolin.
The diving school, Burren Adventures, operates from Doolin Harbour as well as their base at nearby Ballyvaughan, offering scuba diving lessons for all level of diver from beginner to advanced and providing all necessary equipment. There is also Doolin Activity Centre located on the outskirts of the village and they will arrange a variety of outdoor activities including guided hikes, cycling and rock climbing (with equipment available for hire).
Doolin is overlooked by the recently restored Doonagore Castle and there are a number of Iron Age burial mounds in the immediate area. In the 1950’s an extensive cave system and underground rivers was discovered with the main entrance, known as Fisherstreet Pothole, located in the centre of the village. The Doolin Caves are home to one of Europe’s longest stalactites which was, for many years, the longest in the world. Other cave systems in the area include the Aillwee Caves, discovered in the 1940’s and stretching beneath much of the Burren Region. Both systems are accessible by visitors either with guides or independently in the case of experienced cavers.
The well known visitor attraction, the Cliffs of Moher, is less that 10 minutes drive from Doolin. The cliffs stand 214 meters above the Atlantic Ocean and comprise 8Km of Clare’s coastline. There is an impressive interpretive centre which houses a range of exhibits and displays which will delight children and prove extremely interesting for adults.
Doolin is a good base for surfers being within easy reach of both Fanore and Lahinch beaches which both offer good surf. For the more adventurous surfer, the Cliffs of Moher and the 40ft Aileen Wave which at times forms under certain stormy conditions are very close by.
Our self catering accommodation in Doolin are a great base from which to explore all aspects of Co. Clare and enjoy a traditional Irish fishing village.
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