Days of Discovery

Whether you are just starting to plan your first overseas trip to Ireland or you are planning a short family break for your family, deciding where to go can be overwhelming.

 

There are likely to be two options: firstly to cover as much of Ireland as possible with one night stays along the way or to plan on a series of bases along your route with multi-night stays that allow you to experience these areas in a bit more depth.

 

The Doolin Tourism has organised three comprehensive breaks that cater for most types of visitors, A General Visit, The Family Getaway and a Walkers & Hikers Guide to Doolin and North Clare as reference points for your holiday.  These Doolin Experiences highlight the best that the North Clare Region has to offer with an excellent mix of scenery, heritage, and activities. They are all based in or within a short distance from the world renowned village of Doolin, which also offers a wide variety of high quality accommodation providers, entertainment and dining options.

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The 5 Day Adventure

Day One

Arrive in Doolin and check in to your accommodation. Enjoy a cup of tea and get all the local information from your host. Don’t forget to enquire about Doolin Tourism’s Local Events or Festivals guide to find out what events are happening within the area while you are visiting!

Why not take a walk down to Doolin Pier and enjoy the panoramic views of the Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands and Galway Bay? Take an evening cruise under the Cliffs of Moher and afterwards, enjoy the Doolin Heritage Evening Trail.

Wine and Dine in one of Doolin’s gastropubs or restaurants, followed by live music at 9.30pm in any of the four pubs. Need a lift back to your accommodation? Simply enquire at the pub for a taxi number.

Flisher Street Doolin sunset view

Day Two

You can take the 360 tour of Cliffs of Moher or a guided walk to the cliffs which meets outside of O’ Connors Bar with local guide, Pat Sweeney, or visit the Cliffs of Moher visitor centre via car or bus.

Later, pay a visit to the magnificent Great Stalactite at Doolin Cave, which is one of Europe’s most compelling cave attractions or take a walk around the Doolin Cave Farmland Nature Trail. Before leaving, enjoy a coffee and some homemade baked goods at the Doolin Cave Café while soaking in the relaxing atmosphere from their lovely garden veranda.
Before returning to Doolin Village, take the short trip to the Burren Smoke House in Lisdoonvarna to see how they make their world renowned Smoked Salmon and maybe sample some while you are there! On your return to Doolin, finish your eventful day with some gift shopping in one of the local shops and don’t forget to treat yourself to something delicious at the chocolate shop in Fisher Street.

Later dine in one of Doolin’s gastro pubs or restaurants, followed by live music at 9.30pm in all four pubs.

The-Great-Stalactite-photo-Paul-Dekin

Day Three

While staying in Doolin, you are on the edge of the Burren National Geopark, a scenic area rich in history and spectacular flora, fauna and rock formations. Why not spend your third day in Doolin exploring the Burren Area? There are many guided and non-guided walking and heritage trails within the Burren Area to choose from. Your host will be happy to provide you with all information.

For the food connoisseur, another unique way to see the Burren is to follow its food story through the Burren Food Trail. This is more than a listing of quality food establishments within the Burren area, as it aims to uncover for you the path which your food takes from field to plate. You can decide for yourself how to follow the trail such as stopping at every point or else dipping in and out along one of your guided or unguided Heritage or Walking Trails, according to your taste, interest and location.

Locally sourced and produced food Stay Doolin

Day Four

The Aran Islands are a set of three Islands which are located three miles off the coast of Doolin and are rich in our national language, culture, heritage and geology. The Islands offer great peace and tranquillity, meandering walls, patchwork fields, quiet beaches and a welcoming island people. Two ferry companies operate out of Doolin Pier who offer daily sailings to the Islands. Take a day trip to one of the Islands where you can hike, cycle or enjoy a tour by horse and carriage! Have a late lunch or early dinner in one of the restaurants or pubs on the Island before getting the last ferry back to Doolin.

Later dine in one of Doolin’s gastropubs or restaurants, followed by live music at 9.30pm in all four pubs.

Doolin - Aran Islands - Inisheer - Inis Oirr

Day Five

Begin the fifth day of your break in Doolin with a horse ride through the heart of the Burren with Mountain View Horse Riding Centre, where a packed lunch can also be provided on longer trails.
If you fancy further adventure afterwards, take a surf lesson, guided kayaking tour, or an archery or rock climbing lesson in nearby Lahinch.

Need some pampering after a busy few days exploring the Doolin and the Burren? Then why not treat yourself to a spa day in one of our neighbouring spas such as the Falls Hotel in Ennistymon, the Spa Wells in Lisdoonvarna or Lahinch Leisure Hotel in Lahinch.

Other unmissable sights include Aillwee Caves and the Bird of Prey Centre and finally, don’t forget to purchase some unique gifts for friends and family back home after visiting the Burren Perfumery or Burren Smoke House, all a short drive from Doolin village!

Doolin Horse Riding

Family Adventure and Fun in Doolin!

Day One

Arrive in Doolin and check in to your accommodation. Enjoy a cup of tea and get all the local information from your host. Don’t forget to enquire about Doolin Tourism’s Local Events or Festivals guide to find out what events are happening within the area while you are visiting.

Take a walk down to Doolin Pier and enjoy the panoramic views of the Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands and Galway Bay. Afterwards, take an evening cruise under the Cliffs of Moher or a family game of Pitch and Putt at the Doolin course taking in the panoramic views of the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands.

Dine at one of the gastropubs or restaurants in Doolin. StoneCutters is a particularly family oriented restaurant with a children’s menu, toys and play area.

Later, why not listen to one of the traditional music sessions in one of the Bars in Doolin. Generally, children are permitted to stay to listen to the music once they are supervised at all times.

Wild Atlantic Sessions Fitzpatricks bar at Hotel Doolin

Day Two

Begin the day by taking the 360 tour of Cliffs of Moher or a guided walk to the Cliffs of Moher (meeting daily outside O’Connor’s Bar) with local guide Pat Sweeney or visit the Cliffs of Moher visitor centre via car or bus.

For the younger members of the group, the Moher Hill Farm is a great stop to take after the Cliffs of Moher visit or hike. There are play areas, a go-karting racing track and of course lots of animals!

Later, visit the Great Stalactite at Doolin Cave, which is one of Europe’s most compelling cave attractions or take a walk around the Doolin Cave Farmland Nature Trail and later enjoy a coffee and some homemade baked goods or pizza at the Doolin Cave Café.

Round off your eventful day with some gift shopping in one of the local gift shops and don’t forget to call in to the Doolin Chocolate Shop in Fisher Street for some delicious treats!

Later dine in one of Doolin’s gastropubs or restaurants, followed by live music at 9.30pm in all four pubs.

Cruise, Doolin, Cliffs of Moher, Aran Islands, Clare, Wild Atlantic Way

Day Three

The Burren National Geopark is an area of outstanding natural beauty and heritage with special types of species of flora, fauna and rock formations. Take the family on an unforgettable drive through the Burren or organise a guided or unguided walking, cycling or heritage trail to take in many of the historic and natural sights. The Burren Food Trail highlights the great dining and interesting options for Families such as having homemade ice cream at the Linnalla Café in New Quay or Hazel Mountain chocolate factory and shop at the foothills of the Burren.
After lunch pay a visit to the Aillwee Cave and the Bird of Prey Centre.

Later in the day, take a family horse ride through the heart of the Burren with the Mountain View Horse Riding Centre. You can stop along the trek and have lunch as they are happy to provide a packed lunch if required.

Weather permitting, finish the eventful day by taking a swim in one of the lovely beaches nearby in Lahinch or Fanore!
For the younger children there are two playgrounds within the area, the first is at the Doolin Community Centre in the village and the second is in nearby Lisdoonvarna. Your host will be happy to give you directions.

Later dine in one of Doolin’s gastro pubs or restaurants, followed by live music at 9.30pm in all four pubs.

Burren at Doolin Pier

Day Four

The Aran Islands are a set of three Islands which are located three miles off the coast of Doolin and are rich in our national language, culture, heritage and geology. The Islands offer great peace and tranquillity, meandering walls, patchwork fields, quiet beaches and a welcoming island people.

There are two Ferry Companies operating out of Doolin Pier who offer daily sailings to the Islands. Why not take a day trip to one of the Islands where you can hike or hire bikes and cycle or enjoy a tour by horse and carriage! The Aran Islands also have many beautiful beaches for the children to sunbathe, swim and make sandcastles. Have a late lunch or early dinner in one of the restaurants or pubs on the Island before getting the last ferry back to Doolin.

Doolin - Aran Islands - Inisheer - Inis Oirr

Day Five

For the more adventurous members of your family, there are lots of options for the final day of your break in Doolin. Why not take a surf lesson at Lahinch beach? There are a number of Surf Schools that cater for beginners and children.

Or how about an archery or rock climbing lesson at Ben’s Surf School clinic in Lahinch?

While in Lahinch, take the family to the Seaworld Aquarium where adults and children alike will enjoy exploring the amazing west coast marine life such as native sharks, rays, conger eels, flatfish and lobsters which can all be viewed up close!

Finally in the afternoon, finish your incredible trip by taking a tour of Doolin’s spectacular coastline with a guided sea kayaking tour with the North Clare Kayaking company.

Lahinch adventures wall climb

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