Doolin ...

Doolin main Street
Doolin is a small seaside village on the north west coast of County Clare Ireland. Doolin is situated 8 km from the Cliffs of Moher and 6km from Lisdoonvarna.

Doolin was traditionally a fishing village but is now renowned as home to some of Ireland's finest traditional musicians. From pub sessions to tranquil coastal walks a visit to Doolin offers many interesting diversions. It is a good base for a visit to the Burren and is reasonably close to Lahinch for golfers. The ferry to the Aran Islands leaves from Doolin pier. Here one can also try Sea Angling, Hill Walking or Mountain Biking.

Doolin Cave is home to The Great Stalactite which is one of the largest known stalactites in the world with a length of 6.54 meters. This cave is part of a network of caves that stretch right from the centre of Doolin for a couple of miles to the north.

Diving has become a very popular activity in Doolin in recent years and the area boasts some of the best diving on the West Coast of Ireland. In the 1980's a network of sub-marine caves were discovered off Doolin Point. These have been named the Green Holes of Doolin and some 1250 meters have been charted. Snorkeling may also be enjoyed in the clear Atlantic waters around Crab Island.

Clare Coastline near Doolin

Doolin is dotted with the remains of historical churches and castles including the ruined Doonmacfelim Castle. Although reduced to one story it still remains prominent landmark today. Ballinalacken 15th century castle is a ruin of the O Brien Clan, it stands imposingly beside the Ballinalacken House which was built by Lord O'Brien in 1840 as his family home.

Doolin has a wide range of quality accommodation to suit all budgets, ranging from hotels, guest houses, bed & breakfasts, hostels, caravan and camping sites and self-catering cottages. Doolin restaurants offer fine foods with local seafood a specialty. While the pubs of Doolin are renowned world wide.

There are three Music-Pubs in Doolin: McDermott's, McGann's and O'Connor's. You will find music nightly in all the Pubs during the summer months. Its no wonder that several of Ireland's best musicians started out in Doolin and many come back to join in sessions with the locals. Doolin was home to the Russell Brothers who achieved world fame with their music, most notably Micho. The local Community Centre is named after the Russell's and every year, on the last weekend in February, Doolin hosts the Russell Memorial Weekend in their memory.

Doolin is a beautiful town to walk around and its the perfect way to discover the abundance local craft workers. From the Celtic Jewelery shop, making traditional and contemporary jewelery inspired by old Celtic patterns, to Clare Jams, to the Doolin Crafts Gallery.

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