The Doolin Staycation Guide

The Doolin Staycation Guide

We’ve compiled a comprehensive Doolin Staycation Guide for your Irish Staycation this year. 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 year.

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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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

The Lodge Doolin
T: +353 (0)65 707 4888 W:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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.

Doolin View B&B
T: +353 (0)65 707 5875 W:
Doolin View is conveniently located on the East side of the village of Doolin, just a 5-10 minute stroll down to the renowned traditional pubs of McGanns and McDermott’s and all that Doolin has to offer.

Emohruo B&B
T: +353 (0)65 707 4171 W:
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.

O’Connor’s Guesthouse
T: +353 (0)65 707 4314 W:
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:
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.

Sea View House B&B
T: +353 (0)87 267 9617 W:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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.



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’, for more local knowledge and hidden gems!

Doolin Tourism Things To Do Guide:

Cliffs of Moher in the sun

Activities & Attractions


Burren Smokehouse Visitor Centre
T: +353 (0)65 707 4432 W:
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.

Caherconnell Fort & Sheepdog Demonstrations
T: +353 (0)65 708 9999 W:
A family-run business, Caherconnell Stone Fort is the only fort in the Burren scientifically excavated and developed for tourism. It is a wonderful site where you can dive into the Burren’s history and also enjoy the amazing sheepdog demonstrations which take place daily.

Doolin Cave & Visitor Centre
T: +353 (0)65 707 5761 W:
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:
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:
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:
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
T: +353 (0)86 824 1085 W:
Experience traditional music in the home of Christy Barry, one of Doolin’s most celebrated musicians. Music, stories, and laughter await!

Doolin Yoga
T: +353 (0)86 207 4335 W:
Doolin Yoga is a studio run by Tricia McDonnell and offers a variety of classes, retreats, hike & yoga packages, outdoor yoga sessions, meditation classes and more here in Doolin. Visitors are welcome to drop in any classes, full schedule available on Doolin Yoga’s website.

Mrs RedHead Photography
T: +353 (0)87 656 2527 W:
Wedding photography with an artistic touch for your special day.

The Online Academy of Irish Music
T: +353 (0)85 285 4320 W:
Based in Doolin, the home of Irish Traditional Music, OAIM offers the best online Irish music tuition in Irish traditional instruments. OAIM’s tutors are some of Ireland’s finest professional musicians.

Taste The Atlantic – The Salmon Experience
T: +353 (0)65 707 4432 W:
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!



Doolin Music House – Source: Facebook

Music & Events 

Doolin Music House
T: +353 (0)86 824 1085 W:
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 on a weekly basis.

Doolin Folk Festival
T: +353 (0)65 707 4111 W:
Taking inspiration from the great festivals of the 70’s and 80’s such as Lisdoonvarna down the road and from the deep musical roots of the county, The Doolin Folk Festival presents powerful music in an intimate setting and ensures that audiences and musicians can feel at one and just enjoy the communal spirit.

Local Pub Sessions
Fitzpatrick’s Bar: T: +353 (0)65 707 4111 W:
McDermott’s Pub: T: +353 (0)65 707 4328 W:
McGann’s Pub: T: +353 (0)65 707 4133 W:



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Ekotree Knitwear Studio & Visitor Centre – Cashmere


Burren Smokehouse Visitor Centre
T: +353 (0)65 707 4432 W:
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 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:
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:
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:
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:
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.



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

T: +353 (0)65 707 4421 W:
Anthony’s is a brand new evening restaurant in Doolin that 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:
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:
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.

Fitzpatrick’s Bar
T: +353 (0)65 707 4111 W:
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:
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.

McDermott’s Pub
T: +353 (0)65 707 4328 W:
McDermotts Pub in Doolin is a traditional Irish pub on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. McDermott’s serves bar food daily and has traditional Irish music nightly with some of the finest musicians in Ireland.

McGann’s Pub
T: +353 (0)65 707 4133 W:
A family-run pub and restaurant, open all year round in the heart of Doolin. With Irish Traditional Music 7 nights a week during the summer months and delicious Irish food, you are guaranteed an amazing time with us at McGann’s Pub.

Russells Fishshop
T: +353 (0)65 670 0200 W:
Russells blends the tradition of the surrounding area with a modern, considered palate. With a menu that champions local, quality, and sustainable ingredients; Russells brings farm and fish to fork in a symphony of flavour.

Stonecutters Kitchen
T: +353 (0)65 707 5962 W:
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:
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:
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.



We look forward to welcoming you to Doolin!

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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’, for more local knowledge and hidden gems!

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