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Amazing place-- Doolin, co. Clare, Ireland

Updated on January 18, 2018

Doolin co. Clare Ireland

I visited Doolin, a charming small seaside village on the northwest coast of Ireland. I just can't wait to share this amazing trip with you.


Where is Doolin?

Doolin is situated 8 km from the amazing cliffs of Moher, 6 km from Lisdoonvarna town, 50 km from ShannonAirport and 70 km from Galway city. It is set against the Atlantic Ocean and surrounded by the spectacular landscape of Burren. And it is breathtakingly beautiful.

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Small shops in the village
Small shops in the village | Source
Atlantic Puffin
Atlantic Puffin | Source

The edge of the world--Cliffs of Moher

When you are in Doolin, the cliffs of Moher is a must see. It is the most outstanding coastal features of Ireland.

The cliffs are located just south from the village of Doolin and the Burren. They are about 213 metres high and stretching south for almost 8 km.

The Cliffs of Moher were originally the site of a gigantic river delta and were formed about 320 million years ago during the Carboniferous period. The Napoleonic signal tower at Hags Head was built in 1803; this is close to the site of a long gone 1st century BC ruined fort “Mothar” from which the Cliffs get their name.

You could take a walking tour to the top of the cliffs. And feel what is like to be on the edge of the world. Or you could go on the ferries which let you pass right beside the famous cliffs.

I chose to go on the ferry tour. I loved the fresh smell of the ocean. And the feeling of among nature is just wonderful.You could see a huge number of nesting seabirds. These include the Atlantic Puffin and Common Gull and many others I can not name them.

I was amazed to see hundreds of penguins standing on the rocks. It is truly a great view.

The Cliffs of Moher -- The ferry view
The Cliffs of Moher -- The ferry view | Source
The cliffs of Moher
The cliffs of Moher | Source
Great country views
Great country views | Source

It is a great destination for a quick break.

The Ferry run at least 3 times in a day. Besides the Cliffs of Moher tour, they also take you to the Aran islands. But if you get sea sick easy, you might want to take the tour bus to the top of the cliffs instead. Either way, it is amazing!

Traditionally a fishing village, now Doolin is known as the traditional music capital of Ireland. Thousands of international visitors come here every year to experience the lovely Irish music and have a pint in the local pubs.

You could also refresh your spirits away from everyday hustle and stress in life. Take a walk or cycling in the mountains, dive into the ocean to swim with dolphins, surfing with the waves, go for horse riding or golfing etc.This is a great place to chill and relax.

Helpful travel tips

1. If you go self-catering, it is fine. But there won't be any grocery shops within 3 km. In another word is that you bring as much as you can.

2.Eating out is an option, but the choice is less. There are only a few pubs and 1 or 2 cafes nearby.

3.The bus service is slow around here. Get a timetable from the main bus station and plan your trip well before hand.

4. If you are going on a ferry make sure you dress for it. It is cold.

Great accommodation options

There are many camping sites in Doolin. If you brought your camping gear and love the outdoors, you could just set up your tent in the greens and enjoy.

If you want privacy for your families, it is also easy to rent a cottage. You get the whole place to yourselves.

If your goal is meet new people and make some friends, I think the hostels are the best. It is great for your pocket and your social life.

I was warned if I book a hostel I won't be able to enjoy myself. But I tried, and trust me. It is not that bad at all. The hostels won't book groups fro big parties, so you are definitely going to have proper night sleeps.

The hostel I stayed
The hostel I stayed | Source

Doolin is such a lovely place to stay. It is quite and peaceful. Everyone is very friendly and they all have great patient if you need any help. I had such a great time here.

Whenever I need a break from busy city life, I would love to go back there again.

Useful links

If you want to book tours or places to stay, here are few useful links:

To get general information and make bookings, go to

To book ferry tours, go to


© 2014 Xinyang Zhang


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