Things to Do
Things to do in and around Doolin
There is plenty of choice of things to do in and around Doolin on any given day. Head for Doolin pier and take a ferry to one of the Aran Islands. The nearest is Inis Oirr, its 15 minutes away and is the prettiest place with a beach straight out of a Caribbean brochure. There are several ferry options throughout the day. Inis Mór is the largest and furthest away and is home to the famous Dun Angus fort, this is a full day trip. Alternatively if you prefer the quiet life and hiking heading to Inis Mean the middle island where you can get lost in your own thoughts and the amazing beauty of the place.
Or you could hang out at the old pier, do some pier jumping or sea swimming or use it as a launch point for a kayak or boat.
Cliffs of Moher and the Cliff walk on our doorstep
The Cliffs of Moher are the highest Sea Cliffs in Europe at 214 meters or 702 feet. There is a walking path which runs the full length which is approx 13.5 Km. The full walk takes approx 4.5 hours but it can be divided into sections.
Starting in Doolin you can walk out the door of our huts, walk down the road for 15 minutes and onto the start of the walk, it takes approx 2 hours to reach the highest point and the Cliffs of Moher visitor centre. You will spot birds including puffins nesting along the Cliffs along the way and be wowed by the stunning vistas and the power of the Atlantic crashing below. You can take a bus back to Doolin. Alternatively you can drive directly to the centre and park up and enjoy the centre and the views from there.
In 2011 the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher gained Global Geopark status. Making up over 530 square kilometres the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark offers diversity that is second to none. This rich and alluring landscape of staggering sea cliffs, limestone karst terraces, fertile valleys, vibrant villages and welcoming communities offers some truly inspiring experiences. For More Information visit: www.geopark.ie
Another one of the things to do in and around Doolin is a visit to the Burren.
The burren is a lunar landscape of limestone rock. It is unique in that plants from the artic, alps and Mediterranean all grow there together side by side. From May onwards you will see orchids, gentians, Bloody cranesbill, mountain avens and many more beautiful flowers peeping out of the limestone crags. If you walk out of the huts and up the gorgeous lane towards the sea instead of going to the village in ten minutes you will be admiring views of the Connemara mountains to the right, the Aran Islands directly in front of you, the Cliffs of Moher to your left and under your feet you will find the wild flowers of the burren and the limestone pavement from which it takes its name. You can find out more here at www.burren.ie.
You will pass the ruins of Killilagh Church, a 17th century medieval church on the way and Teergonean Court Tomb which is approx 6000 years old. This place and all of the Burren is a special place of archaeological, botanical and geological significance. It is a place untouched by human development and we want to keep it like this which is why we have become part of the Leave No Trace movement. We hope our guests will follow these simple rules and leave this beautiful place as you found it.