The layout of Doolin village can be confusing to new vistors, as it is scattered over a 2km stretch and is divided into three distinct clusters (Fisherstreet, Fitz’s Cross and Roadford).
The Aille River runs from the hills of the Burren down past Doolin to meet the sea. There are numerous nearby archaeological sites, many dating to the Iron Age and earlier. The Doolin Cave is home to the Great Stalagtite which is 7.3 metres (23 feet) in length. It is recognised as being the longest stalactite in the Northern hemisphere and fast becoming one of Ireland’s top eco-tourist attractions. There are also many fine examples of Tower Houses in the area, including Doonagore Castle and Ballinalacken Castle.
Irish traditional music
Doolin is famous as the home of traditional Irish music, and you will find lively music sessions in each of Doolin’s four pubs every night – O’Connors, McGanns, McDermotts and Fitz’s. Every February, there is an annual music festival the Russell Memorial Weekend. This was named for some of Doolin’s most revered musicians, the Russell brothers – Micho, Packie and Gussie who all helped to put Doolin’s musical heritage on the world map.
Doolin Pier is located beyond Fisherstreet and this is the departing point for our boat trips to the Aran Islands and the Cliffs of Moher.