The Doolin Staycation Guide: Make A Break For It

The Doolin Staycation Guide: Make A Break For It

We’ve compiled a comprehensive Doolin Staycation Guide for your Irish Staycation this summer. Are you ready to make a break for it, Ireland?

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Where to Stay

Doolin offers an excellent selection of accommodation that will make your visit truly enjoyable and memorable. Whether you are looking for budget, luxury, or alternative accommodation in Doolin, a warm welcome awaits. Choose from Hotels, Country Houses, Guest Houses, B&Bs, Hostels, Self-Catering, or Campsites. Additionally, our accommodation members are all Fáilte Ireland Quality Assured – did you know that Doolin was designated a Tourism Destination of Excellence in 2019? There you have it – A great night’s sleep, coupled with fantastic local food and exceptional service makes Doolin the perfect getaway for a relaxing staycation with your loved ones, friends or even by yourself for some “me-time” this summer.

Doolin Tourism Accommodation Guide:

Fiddle + Bow Hotel Doolin - Bar
Fiddle + Bow Hotel

Hotels & Country Houses

Aran View Country House
T: +353 (0)65 707 4061 W: aranview.com
Aran View Country House is a Georgian house, set in the magnificent wilderness of the Burren, Co Clare, on Ireland’s west coast. Situated on 100 acres of rolling farmland and only 10 minutes walk from the village of Doolin.

Ballinalacken Castle Country House Hotel
T: +353 (0)86 361 3719 W: ballinalackencastle.com
Ballinalacken Castle Country House Hotel sits on a hilltop, set against the wild and rugged beauty of the West of Ireland, and overlooking the historic 15th-century castle that is Ballinalacken Castle.

Doolin Inn
T: +353 (0)65 707 4421 W: doolininn.ie
Doolin Inn is a spacious 22-bedroom modern 4* country house & restaurant with hotel-style accommodation. Located in the heart of
Doolin, overlooking Fisher Street and out to sea. The ideal base for exploring Doolin and the Burren region.

Fiddle + Bow Hotel
T: +353 (0)65 670 0200 W: fiddleandbow.ie
Fiddle + Bow Hotel is a unique 12 bedroom hotel right in the heart of Doolin, the home of traditional music in Co. Clare. Since its opening in late May 2019, its focus is on delivering high-quality bedrooms, being excellent hosts, and offering generous guest areas and a lounge bar.

Hotel Doolin
T: +353 (0)65 707 4111 W: hoteldoolin.ie
Small Hotel, Big Personality. This village streetscape consists of a boutique-style hotel with deluxe bedrooms, restaurant, bar, cáfe, outdoor garden courtyard, and a Tourist Information Office.

Castle View Lodge @ Sea View House Doolin
Castle View Lodge @ Sea View House Doolin

Self-Catering & Holiday Homes

Atlantic View Cottages
T: +353 (0)65 682 8282 W: atlanticviewcottages.com
Family-run self-catering holiday homes. The cottages have panoramic views over the Atlantic Ocean and the Aran Islands and are just 1km from the beautiful village. A variety of accommodation, different in design.

Cloghaun Luxury Homes
T: +353 (0)61 411 109 W: cloghaunluxuryhomes.ie
Cloghaun Luxury Homes are located on a meticulously restored late 1700s Irish farmstead situated just outside Doolin, overlooking the Aran Islands and Galway Bay on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Harbour View B&B
T: +353 (0)65 707 4154 W: harbourviewdoolin.com
Harbour View House Self-catering is located on the Wild Atlantic Way overlooking the Village of Doolin – just 5 minutes drive away from the Cliffs of Moher.

The Lodge Doolin
T: +353 (0)65 707 4888 W: doolinlodge.com
The Lodge Doolin is ideally situated in the heart of Doolin between Roadford and Fisher Street. Catering for guests who enjoy self-catering holidays, offering luxury apartments with breakfast provided if required.

The Lodges @ Sea View House
T: +353 (0)87 267 9617 W: seaview-doolin.ie
Private Luxury Lodges in Doolin on the Wild Atlantic Way where you can enjoy luxurious accommodation and surroundings, superb food along with natural and warm hospitality.

Moloney House
Moloney House B&B

Bed & Breakfasts & Guesthouses

Churchfield B&B
T: +353 (0)65 707 4209 W: doolinaccommodations.com
Situated right in the heart of the village, and open all year. A place to stay and rest while you journey around this fascinating region of Ireland.

Cois na hAbhann B&B
T: +353 (0)86 263 1942 W: bandbdoolin.com
Cois na hAbhann is a recently renovated home overlooking the Aille River superbly located in the centre of Doolin. A short walk to pubs, restaurants, and coffee shops. An ideal base for touring the Burren, Cliffs of Moher and Aran.

Daly’s House B&B
T: +353 (0)87 969 0583 W: dalyshouse.com
Daly’s House is located in the heart of the picturesque village of Doolin. This family-run 4* B&B offers you bed and breakfast to the
highest standard. Enjoy the beautiful garden and relax in front of the open fire.

Emohruo B&B
T: +353 (0)65 707 4171 W: doolinholidays.com
Emohruo Bed and Breakfast is a family-run Guesthouse nestling between the Cliffs of Moher and Doolin village – set in the heart of a beautiful landscape with numerous peaceful walks through the Burren.

Moloney House B&B
T: +353 (0)87 125 0303 W: moloneyhousedoolin.ie
Moloney House is a four-star bed and breakfast right in the village, with the ruins of Doonmacfelim Castle at the rear of the house. Situated on a family farm it is within walking distance of the harbour and local pubs.

O’Connor’s Guesthouse
T: +353 (0)65 707 4314 W: oconnorsdoolin.com
O’Connor’s Guesthouse is located in the heart of Doolin, in a unique setting overlooking the Aille River. It is a 10 bedroom
guesthouse, and all rooms are ensuite and furnished to a very high standard.

Riverside Cottage B&B
T: +353 (0)65 707 4049 W: riversidecottagedoolin.com
Riverside Cottage is located in the heart of Doolin, just before you cross over the bridge onto Fisher Street. Originally built in 1882, the ancestral home has been extended and completely renovated in recent years.

Seascape B&B
T: +353 (0)65 707 4451 W: doolin-bandb.com
Seascape Bed and Breakfast is centrally located in Doolin, near pubs with traditional Irish music nightly. Bus Eireann stops nearby and the shuttle bus stop for the popular Cliffs Walk is also close by.

Sea View House B&B
T: +353 (0)87 267 9617 W: seaview-doolin.ie
Sea View House Doolin is a unique bed and breakfast on the Wild Atlantic Way where you can enjoy luxurious accommodation and surroundings, superb food, along with natural and warm hospitality.

Sheedy’s Doolin Boutique B&B
T: +353 (0)65 707 5050 W: sheedysdoolin.com
Sheedy’s Doolin is a newly built boutique B&B located in the heart of Doolin village. If offers large luxurious rooms – super king, twin and family, with the most up to date furnishings and fittings.

The Lodge Doolin
T: +353 (0)65 707 4888 W: doolinlodge.com
The Lodge Doolin is ideally situated in the heart of Doolin between Roadford and Fisher Street. Catering for guests who enjoy self-catering holidays, offering luxury apartments, and bed & breakfast.

Twin Peaks B&B
T: +353 (0)86 812 7049 W: twinpeaksdoolin.com
Twin Peaks B&B is located at the rear of the world-renowned ‘Gus O’Connor’s Pub’ in Fisher Street, just one mile from the harbour where ferries run regularly to the scenic Aran Islands.

Rainbow Hostel Doolin
Rainbow Hostel Doolin

Hostels & Camping

Aille River Hostel & Camping
T: +353 (0)65 707 4260 W: ailleriverhosteldoolin.ie
This 300-year-old renovated cottage is situated on the bank of the Aille River, located right in the centre of Doolin, close to all amenities.

Rainbow Hostel
T: +353 (0)65 707 4415 W: rainbowhostel.net
Established in 1986, this small and cosy hostel with 30 beds is owned and run by Mattie & Carmel Shannon. Private rooms also available. A simple and relaxed atmosphere awaits you.

BOOK YOUR ACCOMMODATION

 

Things to Do

There are lots of things to do in Doolin County Clare – the small village with a giant heart. From scenic cliff walks and adventures along the Wild Atlantic Way, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the coast, to the historic Burren where you can follow in the footsteps of our ancestors, taking in the unique scenery and the beautiful wildflowers that decorate the way. Be sure to check out ’50 Things To Do In Doolin On Your Irish Staycation’, for more local knowledge and hidden gems!

Doolin Tourism Things To Do Guide:

Cliffs of Moher in the sun
Cliffs of Moher

Activities & Attractions

Ben’s Surf Clinic
T: +353 (0)86 844 8622 W: benssurfclinic.com
Surf the wild Atlantic waves of County Clare with Ben’s Surf Clinic – located just a short drive from Doolin at Lahinch Promenade. Individual & Group lessons are available. All levels welcome!

Burren & Cliffs of Moher Geopark
W: burren.ie
Doolin is situated within The Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark. Rich in heritage and culture, this area received the highly valuable UNESCO Global Geopark designation in March 2016.

Burren Smokehouse Visitor Centre
T: +353 (0)65 707 4432 W: burrensmokehouse.com 
Call into the Burren Smokehouse Visitor Centre and discover the mystery of salmon smoking. During your visit, get a tasting of the Burren’s very own smoked Irish Organic salmon.

Burren Tours
T: +353 (0)86 402 9997
Burren Tours can provide customised day tours of the area where you can choose what you would like to see and do, and have the luxury of your own driver and guide to maximise your experience and enjoyment of the area.

Cliffs of Moher
T: +353 (0)65 708 6141 W: cliffsofmoher.ie
Discover Ireland’s most well-known sea cliffs, located at the southwestern edge of the Burren region, just a stone’s throw from Doolin. Experience panoramic 360 views of the natural beauty and abundant wildlife.

Doolin Cave & Visitor Centre
T: +353 (0)65 707 5761 W: doolincave.ie
The award-winning Doolin Cave and visitor centre is home to the Great Stalactite. Follow in the footsteps of the great explorers, Brian Varley and JM Dickenson and re-live their 1952 adventure to discover the Great Stalactite. At 7.3 metres (23 feet) it is the longest free-hanging stalactite in Europe. The Great Stalactite is suspended from the ceiling like a chandelier – truly astounding.

Doolin Cave Farmland Nature Trail
T: +353 (0)65 707 5761 W: doolincave.ie
Extend the adventure from underground to overground following a charming Farmland Nature Trail that takes a looped walk around the cave setting. The nature trail is home to indigenous species of flora along with rare and miniature breeds of animals.

Doolin Cliff Walks
T: +353 (0)65 707 4170 W: doolincliffwalk.com
Join Pat Sweeney on a guided walk along the sea cliffs from Doolin to the Cliffs of Moher, for a unique experience of its breathtaking rural beauty.

Doolin Ferry Co
T: +353 (0)65 707 5555 W: doolinferry.com
Travel to the Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher with Doolin Ferry Company. Embark on a journey to Ireland’s traditional past. Escape to any of the three Aran Islands; Inis Mor, Inis Meain & Inis Oirr.

Doolin Music House & Secret Garden Venue
T: +353 (0)86 824 1085 W: doolinmusichouse.com
Experience traditional music in the home of Christy Barry, one of Doolin’s most celebrated musicians. Music, stories, and laughter await!

Doolin2Aran Ferries
T: +353 (0)65 707 5949 W: doolin2aranferries.com
All aboard the Star of Doolin for a boat tour to the Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher, where the awe-inspiring scenery, history and nature comes to life. Doolin2Aran Ferries are located at Doolin Pier.

Lahinch Adventures
T: +353 (0)86 844 8622 W: lahinchadventures.com
Experience Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Archery, SUP, and Surfing with Lahinch Adventure – located just a short drive from Doolin at Lahinch Promenade. Individual & Group lessons are available. All levels welcome!

Private Drive Chauffeur – Local Day Tours
T: +353 (0)87 624 7805 W: privatedrivechauffeur.com
Local Day Tours in County Clare – also serving the entire Island of Ireland. Private Drive Chauffeur can cater for 1 to 6 persons in their luxury cars with private guided half-day, full-day or extended tours. 

Taste The Atlantic – The Salmon Experience
T: +353 (0)65 707 4432 W: burrensmokehouse.com
In a self-guided & interactive visitor centre called “Taste the Atlantic – Salmon Experience”, you will immerse yourself in the story of Irish Salmon. Follow it through time and watch the legend of the Salmon of Knowledge unfold before your eyes. Learn about old ways of fishing salmon, and find out why and how modern aquaculture evolved. Get competitive and have fun solving jigsaw puzzles and quizzes!

BOOK ACTIVITIES & ATTRACTIONS

 

Doolin Music House – Source: Facebook

Music & Events this Summer

Anthony’s Restaurant Launch Night
T: +353 (0)65 707 4421 W: doolininn.ie
Anthony’s is a brand new restaurant in Doolin which brings all the flavours of the Burren to your plate. The restaurant launches on Friday 17th July, and each guest will receive a complimentary arrival amenity. Pre-booking is required.

Doolin Music House
T: +353 (0)86 824 1085 W: doolinmusichouse.com
Experience traditional music in the home of Christy Barry, one of Doolin’s most celebrated musicians. Music, stories, and laughter await! Events will take place once a week, every Thursday at 8pm – no food, just great tunes and stories!

Garden Sessions at Hotel Doolin
T: +353 (0)65 707 4111 W: hoteldoolin.ie
Music sessions will take place in the garden this summer, every evening at 7pm – introducing the Garden Sessions!

The Spaced Out Sessions
T: +353 (0)65 707 4111 W: ticketweb.ie
The Spaced Out Sessions are Ireland’s first post-covid, socially distancing gigs brought to you by Hotel Doolin aimed at bringing music back to the event-starved populace this summer, one seat at a time. The gigs are fully seated, socially distanced, and operated 100% within guidelines and best practice to ensure the safest possible experience for musicians and guests. For now, Hotel Doolin is limiting the capacity to 50 per gig and they’ll be serving tapas food too. Tickets on sale now. 

BOOK MUSIC & EVENTS

 

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Ekotree Knitwear Studio & Visitor Centre – Cashmere

Shopping

Burren Smokehouse Visitor Centre
T: +353 (0)65 707 4432 W: burrensmokehouse.com
Call into the Burren Smokehouse Visitor Centre and discover the mystery of salmon smoking. During your visit, get a tasting of the Burren’s very own smoked Irish Organic salmon.

Clare Jam Shop
T: +353 (0)65 707 4778 W: clare-jam-shop.business.site
Clare Jam is an artisan family business producing delicious, handmade jams, marmalades, jellies and a range of condiments on the magnificent Wild Atlantic Way.

Ekotree Knitwear Studio & Visitor Centre
T: +353 (0)83 302 1452 W: ekotreeknitwear.store
Ekotree is a small designer-maker knitwear studio based in Doolin, merging traditional heritage stitches structures with quality natural yarns and a distinctive contemporary look.

Irish Crafts 
T: +353 (0)65 707 5836 W: irishcraftsonline.com
A different type of shopping experience; the focus at Irish Crafts is sourcing beautiful crafts, gifts & knitwear from small independent crafters throughout Ireland.

O’Brien’s Crafts & Knitwear
T: +353 (0)65 707 4044 W: obrienscrafts.ie
O’Brien’s Crafts and Knitwear is a small, family-run business located in Doolin. Striving to support the arts in the community with stocks of beautifully mounted paintings and greeting card collections of local scenes in this area.

Village Crafts
T: +353 (0)65 707 4633 W: iolfree.ie/~doolincrafts
Located in Fisher Street, this craft shop carries a wide variety of crafts and souvenirs from Doolin, ranging from hand-knit and loomed woollen sweaters, tweed shawls, capes, vests, hats to paintings and photographs, jewellery and more.

GO SHOPPING IN DOOLIN

 

Where to Eat

Awaken your senses and experience fresh, locally inspired dishes during your visit to Doolin. Dine like a local and enjoy the tastes of the wild Atlantic and Burren region. Doolin is a culinary hub and is home to some great local restaurants, cafés, and eateries. If you’re looking for pub grub, fine dining, or something in-between, Doolin is the place to enjoy all of these in both relaxed and vibrant dining atmospheres. The local eateries are stocked with all the best local produce, craft beers, wine, and Irish favourites. Come and experience the tastes of the land and sea!

Doolin Tourism Where To Eat Guide:

The Ivy Cottage

 

Restaurants & Cafés

Anthony’s
T: +353 (0)65 707 4421 W: doolininn.ie
Anthony’s is a brand new evening restaurant in Doolin which brings all the flavours of the Burren to your plate. The spacious new restaurant is split into 5 dining areas with private dining room options for small groups, enabling two meters between tables with comfort and atmosphere. It features large floor-to-ceiling windows, an extensive outdoor seated terrace, a hidden garden, free wifi, and ample free parking in the centre of Doolin overlooking Fisher Street and out to sea. Anthony’s is the ideal local spot to relax in, in the heart of Doolin.

Ballinalacken Castle Country House Hotel
T: +353 (0)86 361 3719 W: ballinalackencastle.com
An award-winning fine dining restaurant located within the beautiful Ballinalacken Castle. Offers an evening dinner menu featuring a host of local produce, paired with an extensive wine menu.

Cupán at Irish Crafts
T: +353 (0)65 707 5836 W: irishcraftsonline.com
Cupán is an original retro Citroen van, serving barista fair trade coffee, and delicious sweet treats. The barista van is located in-store at Irish Crafts in Doolin, and there is ample seating available.

Doolin Cave Garden Café
T: +353 (0)65 707 5761 W: doolincave.ie
The Café at Doolin Cave offers a selection of homemade desserts, tea, coffees, and light lunches. Sit back, relax, and enjoy uninhibited views of the neighbouring ruins of Ballinalacken Castle.

Fitzpatrick’s Bar
T: +353 (0)65 707 4111 W: hoteldoolin.ie
Fitzpatrick’s Bar is known for its wholesome food and is popular with both residents and locals alike. Offering a calm and relaxed atmosphere, you can enjoy your meal inside by the open fire or in the garden terrace while listening to local musicians play in the bar.

Glas Restaurant
T: +353 (0)65 707 4111 W: hoteldoolin.ie
Glas Restaurant is a friendly, welcoming and informal dining experience serving beautifully presented modern cuisine, prepared with love & care. Glas is fine-dining without the fuss.

Oar Doolin
T: +353 (0)85 270 4686 W: oardoolin.ie
Oar Doolin opened its doors for the very first time in 2019. The restaurant offers rustic fine dining in the heart of Doolin. Enjoy fresh, local dishes in a relaxed setting.

Stonecutters Kitchen
T: +353 (0)65 707 5962 W: stonecutterskitchen.com
Situated just 1.5km north of the Cliffs Of Moher, StoneCutters Kitchen is a family-run, bistro-style, mid-price range restaurant set in a 100-year-old traditionally built stone cottage.

Stone Wall Café
T: +353 (0)65 707 4111 W: hoteldoolin.ie
Stone Wall Café & Pizza Parlour is small and intimate and located on the streetscape of Hotel Doolin. Open daily, it is a great place to meet friends over coffee and grab a quick bite to eat.

The Ivy Cottage
T: +353 (0)85 864 3269 W: theivycottage.ie
The Ivy Cottage is an “old world” cottage converted into a restaurant that offers quality fresh fish of the day with chips sourced locally from neighbouring fishermen, burgers, pasta, baked goods, and more.

BOOK A TABLE

 

Although Covid-19 has brought new challenges, we at Doolin Tourism, along with our member businesses have been busy working behind the scenes to prepare for your arrival.

Most businesses have already begun the process of reopening and others are still adapting their operations and team training, but we have compiled a directory of member businesses and other local interest businesses that will be open(ing) this summer. The list will be updated on a weekly basis so please check back in a few days for updates if the business info you require is not yet published.

Doolin Tourism has also prepared a new set of measures to form a safety charter for all our members and visitors. Doolin Tourism’s members are committed to adhering to the Doolin Tourism Covid-19 Charter, which has been compiled in line with the safety measures set out by the Health Service Executive (HSE), and Fáilte Ireland. We hope this new charter gives you peace of mind when visiting our beautiful village while enjoying the wide-open spaces of the Burren. Please familiarise yourself with the Doolin Tourism Covid-19 Charter.

We look forward to welcoming you to Doolin once again!

#SupportDoolin #LoveDoolin


Be sure to explore the rest of our website to find out more information, or to plan your next visit to beautiful Doolin in County Clare. Check out ’50 Things To Do In Doolin On Your Irish Staycation’, for more local knowledge and hidden gems!

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