There are many things to see and do; why not stay 2 or more nights at Doolin View to enjoy everything!

Top Ten Things to Do
  1. Hike to the Cliffs of Moher on the trail taking about 2 hours each way. The trail from Fisher Street in Doolin. Take even a guided tour with local Pat Sweeney (please ask for details)
  2. Visit Doolin Cave to experience great stalactites. Hourly tours in the summer months and limited tours in the winter (please ask for details)
  3. Rent a bike at Doolin Village Crafts and follow one of the cycle network loops with Doolin at its central hub. Loops range from 18km to 43 km long (please ask for details)
  4. Take an evening Cruise from Doolin Harbour to the bottom of the Cliffs of Moher (Easter to October) or visit The Aran Islands with its rich culture and heritage. Ferries leave daily from the pier March to October (please ask for details)
  5. Visit the Burren National Park and the wonderful geographical picturesque area this is to explore.
  6. Take coffee and cake at Doolin Cafe just 5 minutes walk from Doolin View Accommodation.
  7. Catch the wonderful atmosphere and ambiance of traditional live Irish music in one of our local pubs. Music normally starts around 9.30pm most evenings in the summer and weekends during the winter.
  8. Take a surf lesson at the world famous Lahinch Beach (please ask for details)
  9. Play a round of golf at Doolin Pitch & Putt overlooking stunning scenery and open all year round or for the more accomplished be challenged by the golf links courses of Lahinch or Doonbeg (please ask for details)
  10. Take on a gastronomical feast at one of the many fine restaurants and eateries in Doolin. Food ranges from fresh catch of the day to traditional Irish fair. (Please ask for details)
Day Trips from Doolin View

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Places to Explore & Visit

Doolin Village

Doolin is a charming small Irish seaside village rooted in heritage and culture on the west coast of Ireland along the Wild Atlantic Way. Set against the rugged Atlantic Ocean and surrounded by a spectacular landscape it is an area of breathtaking beauty. Doolin is just 8km from the famous Cliffs of Moher and ferries leave from the pier daily for day trips to the stunning Aran Islands. Doolin has an International reputation for traditional Irish music that can be enjoyed nightly in one of its many bars.

The Wild Atlantic Way

Explore one of Ireland’s most spectacular coastal touring routes, the Wild Atlantic Way. This remarkable coastal route stretches for 1500 miles along Ireland’s dramatic western seaboard taking in some of the most enchanting scenery in the world. Doolin is just on the main route and just 8 kilometres from Discovery Point 9: the Cliffs of Moher.

The Cliff of Moher

Standing at 214m (702 feet) at their highest point they stretch for 8 Kilometres (5 miles) along the Atlantic Coast. The new tourist visitor centre offers guests an excellent opportunity to experience this natuaral wonder and learn about it’s history over the years. Why not experience the fabulous walking trail from Doolin to Cliffs (2 hours each way) or take an arranged guided tour with local Pat Sweeney.

Aran Islands

The beautiful Aran Islands is located just off Doolin and offers visitors a true Irish experience where locals speak Irish and English. Ferry boats run daily during summer from Doolin pier to the Islands of Inis Mor, Inis Meain and Inis Oirr and offer guests a total release from the hussle and bustle of every day life.

The Burren Geopark

The Burren is one of the largest and most accessible Karst regions in the world. The Burren Geopark is an area with geological heritage of international importance and in 2011 UNESCO recognised The Burren and awarded it Global Geopark status. The Burren area offers guests a wide variety of activities including a food trail, mountain bike trails and walking trails with spectacular scenery.

Food & Entertainment

For those who like us love their food Doolin and the surrounding area is a real spoil of riches to choose from with it`s famous pubs providing excellent home cooked meals, restaurants offering a true first class gourmet experience and unspoilt tea rooms offering amazing pastry treats, Doolin has it all –

Our Famous Pubs

Doolin`s world renowned for Irish traditional music and live sessions are played in the four village pubs most nights of the year (all in walking distance of Doolin View)–

McDermott`s is the closest to Doolin View just a five minute walk and offers guests a very friendly atmosphere with a good pint and great food. Lively music sessions most nights of the year.

McGanns is also a short walk from Doolin View and offers traditional music nightly with home cooked food and a great pint.

Fitzpatrick’s is known for it`s wholesome food and good beer offering guests a relaxed atmosphere you can enjoy your meal by the crackling, open fire while listening to a traditional Irish music session.

O’Connor’s on Fisher street is a must for fans of Irish traditional music and has a great reputation for it`s fresh seafood, steak and traditional cuisine all in a friendly ambience.

Local Restaurants & Eateries to tempt you

  • Homestead Restaurant – Doolin
  • The Oar Restaurant – Doolin
  • Ballinacken Castle Restaurant– Doolin
  • Russells Fish Restaurant – Doolin
  • Anthony’s Restaurant – Doolin
  • Monks Restaurant – Ballyvaughan –

Tea Shops for a treat

  • Cafe Doolin – Doolin
  • An Fear Gorta – Ballyvaughan

Local Artisan Food Producers

Well worth a visit & a taste of course:

  • Burren Smokehouse – Lisdoonvarna
  • Clare Jam – Doolin
  • Clareville House Kitchen Garden – Ballyvaughan
  • Linnalla Ice Cream – New Quay
  • St Tola Goat Farm – Ennistymon
  • Burren Fine Wine & Food – Ballyvaughan

Explore the Burren Food trail whilst staying at Doolin View – ask for details.

Outdoor Adventure

We are passionate about the outdoors and the amazing area we live in and are happy to try and assist you with a more active and adventurers way of discovering this local area of outstanding natural beauty:


Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk – Distance 18Km or Doolin to the Cliffs of Moher is 8Km (about 2 hours each way)

The Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk is a spectacular coastal walk linking the villages of Doolin and Liscannor via the Cliffs of Moher. This trail will bring the walker into one of the most outstanding landscapes of Ireland. From Doolin in the North set out with views over Aill na Searrach, the Aran Islands, and Galway Bay walking on to the majestic Cliffs of Moher and then South to Hags Head and Liscannor.

  • Doolin Cliff Walk Guided Walk – Pat Sweeney – +353 (086) 8229913

Why not take a guided walk with someone who really knows the trail inside out. Pat Sweeney will take you on a walk of a lifetime from Doolin to the Cliffs of Moher. Pat’s knowledge of trail will add to your enjoyment. Pat’s walk begins at 10am daily from O’Connor’s pub in Fishers Street in Doolin (April – October).

Aran Islands Walks

Lub Dun Eochla is approximately 10km and is a looped walk located on Inis Mór.

Lúb Cill Mhuirbhigh is approximately 16km and is a moderate looped walk located on Inis Mór.

The Burren Way – Trialhead 2 starts from Doolin

The Burren Way is a 123km linear walking trail (including East Burren Loop and links to Lisdoonvarna and Ballyvaughan) located in the Burren area of North Clare.

  •  Mullaghmore Heritage Walking Trails – +353 (0) 868219441

Based south east of Mullaghmore in the Burren National Park Mullaghmore Experience Walking Centre will offer half day and day long guided walks of some of the more remote and beautiful parts of Mullaghmore Mountain within the Burren national park.

Carran Turlough Loop

This looped walk is a 5km route, which travels around the Carran Turlough (seasonal lake), Europes largest Turlough.


Lonely Planet dubbed North Clare one of the 5 best cycling routes in the world. The surrounding area offers a number of marked cycling routes. We are happy to assist you in arranging bike hire.

Doolin Cycle Hub

  • Loop 1 – Start Doolin – 18Km – Estimated Time 1.30 – 2 hours
  • Loop 2 – Start Doolin – 26Km or 39Km – Estimated Time 3-4 hours
  • Loop 3 – Start Doolin -43Km – Estimated Time 4-4.30 hours
  • Loop 4 – Start Doolin – 21Km or 47Km – Estimated Time 4.30 – 5 hours

(pdf cycle route map)

Other Outbound Activities

  • Sea Kayaking – North Clare Sea Kayaking Tour Company
  • Patrick or Kelly – 00353 (0) 85 119 5489

North Clare Sea Kayaking is based in Doolin and offers great tours around Doolin either as a full day or half day. Equipment is fully provided and tours are designed to suit all skill levels from new novice to advanced.

  • Mountain Bike Trails – Burren Way Mountain Bike Tours
  • Patrick or Kelly – 00353 (0) 85 119 5489

The Burren Way Mountain Bike Tours is based in Doolin and offers exciting guided mountain bike tours in and around the Burren and North Clare. Tours are fully organised and range in difficulty with names like Bike & Brew, Puffins & Pints, Sky to Sea are not all about the bike and offer a truly memorable way to explore this pictures area of Ireland.

Horse Riding

  •  Beach Rides – Pat at Drumcliffe Equestrian – +353 (0) 87 7788162

Morning beach rides are available up to 11.00am. These needs to booked in advance ahead of time. The rides are suitable for both beginners and more experienced riders.

  • Burren Treks – Peter at Mountain View Trekking – +353 (0) 85 8452300

Treks through the Burren are available lasting from one hour up to a full day. There are treks suitable for both beginners and more experienced riders

Local Golf Courses & Pitch & Putt

  • Doolin Pitch and Putt – +353 (0) 65 707 4289

Why not warm up first on this 18 hole links course located on the road to Doolin Pier. The course has the spectacular backdrop with The Cliffs of Moher, The Aran Islands and Doonagore Castle and is open to all levels from beginner to handicapped pro.

  • Lahinch Golf Club – +353 (0) 65 7081003

Lahinch is widely regarded as one of the finest links courses in the world. The old course has been described as the ‘ St. Andrews’ of Ireland and offers the chance to challenge your skills and enjoy this amazing course.

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