Getting there & away
Bus Éireann runs one to three buses daily to Doolin from Ennis (€8.80, 1½ hours) and Limerick (€13, 2½ hours) via Corofin, Lahinch and the Cliffs of Moher. Buses also go to Galway (€12, 1½ hours, one or two daily) via Ballyvaughan.
In the summer, various backpackers shuttles often serve Doolin from Galway and other points in Clare. These are amply marketed in hostels.
Doolin is the ferry departure point to the Aran Islands from April to October. There are three ferry companies offering numerous departures in season. It takes around 20 minutes to cover the 8km to Inisheer (€30 return), the smallest and closest of the three Aran Islands. A boat to Inishmór takes 90 minutes with an Inisheer stop (€40 return). Ferries to Inishmaan are infrequent. Note that sailings are often cancelled due to high seas. Call and confirm times and book in advance.
Doolin Ferries (707 4455, 707 4466; www.doolinferries.com ; Doolin Pier)
Doolin Ferry (707 5555, 707 1710; www.doolinferry.com ; Doolin Pier)