What to See and Do
Toomullin House is a great base from which to explore the area
They say the secret to a good position is location, location, location. Well, Doolin certainly has a great location. Doolin village is famous for its traditional Irish music pubs, and people come from around the world to listen in on the nightly sessions. Of course, they may enjoy a drink or two as well.
Doolin is located between The Burren on one side and the Cliffs of Moher on the other. In front (across the water) are the Aran Islands. Many people make Doolin a stop on their tour around Ireland. Others make a long weekend or weeks stay in the village and have Toomullin House as their base for exploring West Clare.
Online Local Resources
There are fabulous online resources about the area and its history, as well as places to visit and things to do. We have provided a few useful links here and highlighted some of our favorite places to visit.
Very impressive caves. There are also sheep dog demonstrations, too. Click here for details.
Part of the "Gaeltacht", where Gaelic is spoken as the first language. A short ferry ride from Doolin. Click here for details.
In Kilfenora village there is an interpretation center for The Burren. A good place to start to understand The Burren and to get a cup of tea Click here for details.
A delightful excursion that is also very interesting. Has a charming coffee shop. Click here for details. Click here for details.
Hardy walking. You will learn a lot about the history and use of the Burren… but do go prepared for a hike. Click here for details. Click here for details.
The Cliff Walk starts in Doolin and is well worth taking. Pat Sweeney will keep you entertained and informed; and the Cliff Walk he has created is fabulous. Click here for details.
You can’t come to Doolin without seeing the cliffs. Either from the visitors' center or from a sea cruise. Click here for details.
If you do nothing else, do this. Truly breathtaking on a global scale. Click here for details.
Has the second largest stalactite in the World. Good place for a cup of tea, too. Click here for details.
A challenging course with fantastic views. Click here for details.
The parochial house used for the Father Ted TV series. Offers teas (but with advance booking only). Click here for details.
Surfer- town plus fish and chips, Sea World center and famous links golf course. Great beach walk. Click here for details.
Past Lahinch, great coastal drive. Softer landscape than The Burren drive. Click here for details.
This is an area of outstanding natural beauty and home to many stone-age and neolithic artifacts; the Poulnabrone Dolmen is the most famous. Click here for details.
Not just worth visiting for The Burren Centre, but an interesting village with monastic ruins. The so called “City of Crosses". Click here for details.
Online National Resources
There are hundreds of online resources about Ireland, its history and guides for visitors. We have highlighted five that we think are the most helpful.
The Irish Tourism Authority provides a very comprehensive website. Click here for details.
This is a great site for guidance things to do and places to see. Click here for details.
There are lots of guides, but the Lonely Planet Guide is regarded as the most useful. Click here for details.
You can’t visit Ireland without learning a little of our history. A good online resource is Library Ireland. Click here for details.
Whilst you won’t need to speak Irish on your visit, knowing a little may help make new friends. For a good resource Click here for details.
The WB Yeats Room
William Butler (WB) Yeats was a poet of
international reputation who also served
an Irish Senator for two terms. His
Summer home was in Gort, a short
distance from Doolin. It is Yeats who
wrote “There are no strangers here; Only
friends you haven’t yet met.” Yeats was
the Noble Prize literature winner in 1923.
The WB Yeats Room has a double and
The Oscar Wilde Room
Although Irish born, and from a staunchly
republican family, Wilde wrote very little
about Ireland. His spectacular rise and
public fall, which lead to his early death at
46, would have made a great novel if it
were not so sadly true. His writing is
famous for its sparkling humor and wit;
“We are all in the gutter, but some of us
are looking at the stars”. The Oscar Wilde
room has a double and single bed.
Our Dining Room
Good food, fine clothes ("raiment") and a
comfortable place to sleep have long been
part of Irish culture, as in this proverb:
"May you have food and raiment,
A soft pillow for your head,
May you be forty years in heaven,
Before the devil knows you're dead".
>An old Irish proverb
The James Joyce Room
Joyce is one of Ireland’s eight Noble Prize
winners and amongst the most influential
writers of the 20th century. One of his best
known quotes is that “A nation is the
same people living in the same place”.
Although a Dublin Man (“When I die
Dublin will be written in my heart”) his
writing says much about the common
Irish experience. The James Joyce Room
has a double and single bed.
The Kavanagh Room
Patrick Kavanagh was a country man and
his writing is notable for its realistic
portrayal of Irish rural life. He is known for
his fiery views; “A sweeping statement is
the only statement worth listening to”.
And, rather unfairly, that “There is
something wrong with a work of art if it
can be understood by a policeman”. The
Patrick Kavanagh Room has a
double and single bed.