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Toomullin House B&B

What to See and Do

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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.

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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.

Aillwee Caves

Very impressive caves. There are also sheep dog demonstrations, too. Click here for details.

Aran Islands

Part of the "Gaeltacht", where Gaelic is spoken as the first language. A short ferry ride from Doolin. Click here for details.

Burren Centre

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.

Burren Perfumery

A delightful excursion that is also very interesting. Has a charming coffee shop. Click here for details. Click here for details.

Burren Walking Tour

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.

Cliffs Guided Tour

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.

The Cliffs of Moher

You can’t come to Doolin without seeing the cliffs. Either from the visitors' center or from a sea cruise. Click here for details.

Wild Atlantic Way (Coast Road Drive)

If you do nothing else, do this. Truly breathtaking on a global scale. Click here for details.

Doolin Cave

Has the second largest stalactite in the World. Good place for a cup of tea, too. Click here for details.

Doolin Pitch & Putt

A challenging course with fantastic views. Click here for details.

Father Ted’s House

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.

Spanish Point and Beyond

Past Lahinch, great coastal drive. Softer landscape than The Burren drive. Click here for details.

The Burren

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.

Village of Kilfenora

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.

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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.

Discover Ireland

The Irish Tourism Authority provides a very comprehensive website. Click here for details.

Visit Ireland

This is a great site for guidance things to do and places to see. Click here for details.

Lonely Planet Guide to Ireland

There are lots of guides, but the Lonely Planet Guide is regarded as the most useful. Click here for details.

Library Ireland

You can’t visit Ireland without learning a little of our history. A good online resource is Library Ireland. Click here for details.

Irish Language

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
    single bed.
  • 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.