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Doolin in the Geopark and on the Wild Atlantic Way

The village of Doolin in County Clare is mid way along Irelands Wild Atlantic Way. The longest touring route in the world. Doolin is within the UNESCO recognised Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark and is also a gateway to the Aran Islands making Doolin an ideal base to spend a few days exploring the area.

Doolin, once a quiet fishing village tucked away on the north-west coast of Clare, has become a veritable mecca for fans of traditional music from all over the world and has established for itself an international reputation unequalled anywhere on this island. It might be said that Doolin is to Irish traditional music what New Orleans is to traditional jazz.

You will find live music session's in Doolin nearly every night of the year. Seisiuns have their roots in the Ireland of old, taking place any time musicians gathered with their instruments, and anywhere they happenend to gather - most commonly in pubs and kitchens across the country.

OConnors pub Doolin
O'Coonor's Pub
McGanns Doolin, Ireland
McGann's Pub
McDermotts Pub Doolin, Ireland
McDermott's Pub
Fitzpatricks Pub Doolin, Ireland
Fitzpatrick' Pub

There are four pubs to choose from, Mcdermott's, McCann's, Fitzpatricks and Gus O’Connor's. There is something special about the local Irish music which sets Doolin apart. The pubs in Doolin are known the length and breadth of Ireland and across the world. They have become synonymous with traditional Irish music.

Gus O'Connor's Pub is just a two minute walk from Sea View House and has live music most nights of the year. Here you will find great music along with great food and drink served from early to late.


The Geopark

Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark

Doolin has a lot more to offer other than just great Music Pubs. Doolin is located within the UNESCO recognised Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark.

  • A Geopark is an area with geological heritage of international importance.
  • Geoparks are special regions with outstanding geology and local culture.
  • Geoparks are regions that support sustainable development, research, education and cultural heritage by working closely with local communities and agencies.

The Burren which starts in Doolin is one of the largest and most accessible Karst regions in the world. It is the only place on the plane that Arctic, Mediterranean and Alpine plants grow side-by-side. Its ancient, awe inspiring stone structures hold secrets from the past that may never be unraveled.

The Cliffs of Moher are over 200 metres high and run for over eight kilometres along the Atlantic Ocean. Over 30,000 pairs of seabirds including a number of protected species nest at the Cliffs of Moher. One of the best ways to explore the Cliffs of Moher is to follow the Doolin Cliff Walk a marked walking trail from Doolin all the way along the coast right up to the highest point.

Looking for more information on the area and things to do, have a look at the three free guides below.

THe Burren
The Burren
Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
Cliffs of Moher
Aran Islands Ireland
Aran Islands

The Aran Islands

Doolin is the gateway to the Aran Islands

Aran Islands Ireland

Doolin harbour is one of the main access points to the Aran Islands The new harbour allows access to the islands nearly all year round at all stages of the tide.

Inis Oírr (Inishere) "island of the east"; is the smallest and most beautiful of the Aran Islands. We highly recommend a day trip to this island during your time here in Doolin. The island has so much to offer and is only 6km from Doolin by ferry. Many people prefer this island of the three, as it has all the amenities and creature comforts of Inishmore but without the hoards of visitors.


Some ideas while you are here

Doolin is home to the famous Doolin Cave. Doolin Cave is just a 5 minute drive from Doolin Village. The cave is home to the great stalactite that was found in a 40m long chamber, one of the largest chambers in County Clare.


Sea View House Bed and Breakfast in Doolin an ideal base from which to explore this magnificent part of Clare.


The Doolin Folk Festival

The first Doolin Folk Festival took place in June 2013 and was a hugh success. It took place just one mile from the location of the famous Lisdoonvarna Festival of the late 1970s and early 1980s. It is planned to run it again Friday 13th- Sunday 15th June 2014. More on the Doolin Folk Festival

The Russell Memorial Weekend Music Festival

The Russell Memorial Weekend is a traditional festival held in Doolin on the the last full weekend in February each year. The festival began in 1995 as a remembrance ceremony to Micho Russell, the world-famous traditional musician, who died in 1994.

The Russell Memorial Weekend's aim is to host the best of traditional entertainment; to encourage musicians to revisit a source, recognise new talent, and to celebrate the rich musical legacy of Doolin as uniquely exemplified by the Russell brothers. More on the Russell Memorial Weekend






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