Welcome to Doolin
Doolin is hugely popular due to its reputation as a centre of Irish traditional music, owing to year-round trad sessions at its famous trio of music pubs. Located 6km northeast of the Cliffs of Moher in a landscape riddled with caves and laced with walking paths, it's also a jumping-off point for cliff cruises and ferries out to the Aran Islands.Without a centre, this scattered settlement consists of three... Read More
Top experiences in Doolin
Cliffs of Moher Day Trip from Dublin
Your Cliffs of Moher day trip will head out of Dublin in the early morning, making best use of the quiet roads.Passing through rural County Dublin, you will see the rolling hills, shimmering lakes and medieval castles that typify the Irish midland countryside. On arrival in County Clare, your guide will take you on a leisurely walk, over to the Cliffs of Moher, where you can enjoy unlimited photo opportunities. The cliffs are 702 feet (214 meters) high at their highest point and span more than 5 miles (8 km) of the coastline, creating a dramatic backdrop against the Atlantic Ocean. Take in spectacular views of the pretty Aran Islands and the Maum Turk mountains in Connemara to the south.Continue on to the quaint village of Doolin for lunch in one of its four traditional Irish pub (for an additional cost), before walking it off with a stroll through Burren National Park – a vast limestone region, reminiscent of a lunar landscape, containing rare flowers. On your journey back to Dublin, you will travel via the scenic route on smaller roads overlooking the ocean. There will a brief stop for coffee near Galway Bay before arriving in Dublin in the early evening.
Cliffs of Moher Day Trip from Galway
Leave Galway and head southwest on board your luxury coach in the direction of the world-famous Cliffs of Moher in County Clare. Traveling along scenic coastal roads, your tour stops to visit cute fishing villages and historic sites as you go. First stop is in Kinvara, a pretty fishing village known for its star attraction – Dunguaire Castle. Stroll around it outside with your guide and hear tales of its impressive history that dates back to the 16th century.Continue your journey through Burren National Park – or simply ‘the Burren’ – and marvel at its utterly intriguing landscape, with rolling hills covered with limestone rocks. The park is home to numerous ancient monuments like the Poulnabrone Dolmen, which is said to be the most photographed Megalithic monument in the country, and the little-known Ballyalban Fairy Fort.Just outside the town of Kilfenora, stop and hop off your coach to see some Celtic crosses, and learn about their history and symbolism from your guide. The tiny coastal village of Doolin is nearby, and lunch takes place here, in one of the town’s legendary pubs -- Gus O'Connors -- that's famous for its traditional Irish music and great food.Your afternoon is spent at the stunning Cliffs of Moher, and it’s sure to be the highlight of your day. With approximately two hours to spend here at your leisure, walk around enjoying unforgettable views over the Atlantic Ocean and the Aran Islands. Featured in classic movies like The Princess Bride and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the cliffs are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and perfect for a bracing walk with unforgettable scenery.Return to Galway via the coastal roads, enjoying one last break for a walk on the Burren.
Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher Day Trip from Galway including Cliffs of Moher Cruise
Your day trip starts as you depart Galway from outside the Kinlay Hostel with your driver-guide, who takes you on a wonderful journey along the Wild Atlantic Way, passing through the villages of Clarenbridge, Kilcolgan, Ballindereen, Kinvara, and Ballyvaughan. From Ballyvaughan, head south along the Clare coastline via the karst landscape of the Burren, passing by Blackhead and Fanore on your way to the fishing village of Doolin, where your ferry awaits to take you to Inisheer, the smallest of the Aran Islands. Once on the island, you have free time to explore and have lunch (own expense) before boarding the return ferry to Doolin. The return ferry cruises beneath the Cliffs of Moher, providing an impressive view of the sheer height of the cliffs. When you reach Doolin, re-board your bus and head to the top of the Cliffs of Moher to enjoy the sea views from the summit. Then make your way back to Galway, passing again through the Burren and by Lisdoonvarna, home to an annual matchmaking festival. Your day trip ends with arrival in Galway.
Cliffs of Moher and Burren Day Trip Including Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave and Doolin from Galway
Your journey to the Cliffs of Moher from Galway will bring you through the exposed, windswept landscapes of the Burren. Listen to your expert guide share the history and some interesting facts about this Western seaboard of Ireland. Exit the coach to explore the unique limestone terrain, jagged coastline and rare flora. Travelling South from Galway, you will visit the Dunguaire Castle, an iconic 1520’s castle with a 75 foot tower. This picturesque castle is seated along the Galway Bay in Kinvarra. You’ll spend 15-20 minutes at this photo opportunity.Your tour will then continue to the Aillwee Cave, a series of dramatic underground caverns and tunnels. You’ll have the option of a guided tour of the caves or visiting the Birds of Prey Experience. Not feeling adventurous? Spend time in the cafe, which offers many local food and coffee options. Following the Aillwee Caves, you’ll travel straight to the Cliffs of Moher over Corkscrew Hill. You’ll spend 90 minutes at the Cliffs - plenty of time to walk to trails to several lookout platforms. At the South Platform, you can discover the unique colony of seabirds who call the cliff’s edge home. Among the hillside is an eco-friendly visitor centre where you’ll find interactive exhibits, aerial tours and a virtual reality cliff face adventure!Surely you will have worked up an appetite from your adventure thus far, so we’ll travel to Doolin for lunch (not included). Following Doolin, we’ll travel back to Galway along the coastal route, offering plenty of photo opportunities!
4-Day Ring of Kerry, Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Galway and Connemara Rail Tour from Dublin
Departing from Dublin Heuston Station, you'll catch the train to Cork and then travel by coach to the famous Blarney Castle. You'll then transfer to Cobh, where the Queenstown Story Heritage Center tells the story of Ireland's emigrants to the New World.Next day, you'll take the lovely Ring of Kerry coastal drive around the Iveragh Peninsula, flanked by Dingle Bay. The stunning mountain and coastal scenery is not to be missed, and includes the famous Lakes of Killarney.After another night in Killarney, you'll tour Limerick City before continuing to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. After a pub lunch in the village of Doolin, it's time to visit the stunning Cliffs of Moher, Black Head, the Burren and Galway Bay.After starting the day with a full Irish breakfast, you'll head into magnificent Connemara, visiting Clifden, Kylemore Abbey (reduced admission rate), Leenane and Killary Harbor (Ireland's only fjord) or Roundstone, the Coral Beach and the Sky Road.After admiring the wild Atlantic coastline, it's time to return to Galway to catch your train to Dublin Heuston, arriving at 8:50pm.
Cliffs of Moher Winter Day Tour from Dublin with Doolin Village and Galway Bay Coastal Drive
Board the coach, wave goodbye to Dublin as you depart for the Wild West. Along the way there will be a short break for coffee and an Irish breakfast roll. Arrive in Galway and begin your trip to the Cliffs of Moher via Dunguaire Castle and Kinvara, then on to Ballyvaughan where your guide will show you the remains of an early Celtic forts. Next visit the Poulnabrone Dolmen, one of the most ancient religious sites in Ireland at 5800 years old, before stopping at Kilfenora for a visit of the Celtic High Crosses. Arrive in the quaint fishing village of Doolin to enjoy some lunch (try the famous seafood chowder at Gus O'Conner's or some delicious fudge from the Doolin Chocolate Shop). Arrive at the Cliffs of Moher. This is the highlight of the day with ample time to walk the cliff edge and enjoy one of the most incredible natural sites in the world. After this you will depart the Cliffs of Moher, returning to Galway via the Coast Road with spectacular views over the Aran Islands and Galway Bay - returning to Galway shortly after 6pm. You will then Depart Galway at around 6:30pm for the journey back to Dublin, arriving back at approximately 9pm.