Another one of Clare's must-see seaside villages, Doolin is a picturesque fishing village  staring out at the Atlantic Ocean on the county's north-west coast. The village is close to the Cliffs of Moher and provides a great base for exploring the region.

Doolin Cave is claimed to be the home to the world's largest known stalactite, measuring an astonishing 6.54metres in length. The cave is open to the public and is a wonderful way of exploring underneath Ireland's surface.


For those with a more adventurous spirit there is a huge network of caves around Doolin that can be explored - but note you should be experienced and ask for local knowledge before you attempt it! Pot Holing is a popular activity in the region and there are many guides available to ensure you have a safe experience.

Surfing is a much-loved local pastime and surfers often go from here to catch the large waves at the Cliffs of Moher. Aileen's is one of the best-known waves in world surfing and people come from all over the world to test it for themselves. The surfing experience off Doolin is not for the beginner or the faint hearted!

Fishing enthusiasts can cast a line off the shore or try some river fishing in the Aille River. There are miles of coastline for casting a line, but always be safe. The sea at Doolin has a reputation for being dangerous and drownings are not uncommon. Always take note of the signs and never go alone.

Again Clare's 'Gra' or love for traditional music is evident in the village, so make sure to drop into some of the local pubs for a bite to eat and a drink with the locals. The Micho Russell Memorial Weekend is held in February to celebrate this famous son of Doolin as a world-renowned whistle player.

You can catch the ferry for the Aran Islands from Doolin or stay on the mainland and partake in some horse riding, explore the countryside by foot or bike, or enjoy a round or two of golf in nearby Lahinch! There is a huge variety of accommodation in Doolin and you can set up camp, stay in a hostel, the local hotels or one of the many B&Bs in the region.

Over the years Doolin has grown from being a small fishing village that attracted people for its music to a magnet for tourists from all over the world. You will find that the locals still have time to chat and the scenery has never changed.