Location and Directions
Toomullin House is conveniently located in the heart of Doolin
Toomullin House is within easy walking distance of the pretty village of Doolin and the famous music pubs, but far enough away for a quiet night’s sleep. We look out over fields and the old Kiliagh church.
Getting Here Couldn’t Be Easier
- Follow the R479 down to the village of Doolin
- At the bottom of the hill turn right (at Fitz’s Pub)
- Go over the Aille River bridge and we are 300 metres on the right hand side
Map and Directions
We have created a handy map [Link], which details the location of Toomullin House and some of the local places of interest. For those with GPS, or who want to access Google Maps, here are our details:
- Our GPS co-ordinates are 53.021062, -9.369853
- Google Maps centred on Toomullin is here
- If you want directions, remember that in Google Maps you can make the destination the GPS co-odinates.
If you are coming from further afield, we have provided useful details below. If you need more specific help please do contact us.
If you are visiting for the first time and want know more about driving in Ireland, then there is an excellent guide you might be interested to read here.
By Public Transport
There is a mainline train from Dublin to Ennis and Galway. The link to Irish Rail is here.
Express buses serve Ennis from Dublin and other major cities. Local buses link towns and villages throughout the county. The link to Bus Eireann is here.
Belfast, Dublin, Shannon, and Cork are the principal international Airports, with Shannon being the closest to Doolin. Shannon Airport is 65 KM from Doolin and it takes around 75 minutes to drive.
There are a number car hire facilities available at each of the airports.
The major car ferry terminals are in Dublin, Belfast, Larne, Rosslare and Cork with ferries from the UK and France (depending on season and port). You can find details here Dublin (or Rosslare) would be the easiest arrival Port for traveling to Doolin.
Driving Directions to Toomullin House
Many of our guests are staying with us as part of a tour around Ireland. To help you get to Toomullin House we have provided a number of route options depending on where you are travelling from.
Directions From Kerry
- Get the car ferry from Tarbart (in Kerry) to Kilimer (in Clare)
- In Killilmer take the N67 to Kilrush, Miltown Malbay and Lahinch
- Drive through Lahinch and turn left onto the R478 and stay on this road passing through Liscannor and passing by the Cliffs of Moher visitor centre on your left.
- After 7 KM past the Cliffs of Moher you will come to a crossroads with the R479 and a Gas Station.
- Turn left down the hill towards the sea. At the end of this road (at Fitz's pub) turn right. Past McCanns Pub (on your left). Over the Aille River bridge and McDermott's pub (on your right) and Toomullin House is located on the right hand side after a further 300 metres.
Directions From Limerick and Shannon (and Dublin)
- (If you are travelling from Dublin take the E20 to Limerick and the new bypass. Then follow the directions from Limerick)
- From Limerick follow the signs for Shannon Airport or Ennis. Take the N18/M18 from Limerick to Ennis
- Take the N85 around Ennis for 7 KM at the last (5th) roundabout turn left towards Ennistymon onto the N85
- Drive straight through Inagh and then Ennistymon towards Lisdoonvarna, taking the N67. At the crossroads 2 KM after the village of Kilshanny, turn left onto the R479.
- After 3.5 KM you come to a crossroads with the R478 and a Gas Station
- Go straight over the crossroad down the hill towards the sea. At the end of this road (at Fitz's pub) turn right. Past McCanns Pub (on your left).
- Over the Aille River bridge and McDermott's pub (on your right) and Toomullin House is located on the right hand side after a further 300 metres
Directions From Galway
- Take the N18 out of Galway, and turn right in the village of Kilcolgan on to the N67. Stay on the N67 as far as Ballyvaughan.
- This route is slightly more complicated (although the drive is spectacular). For your ease, do ensure you have a map and you are clear on the route.
- Follow the coast road from Ballyvaughan R477 (i.e. turning right at the T junction).
- After 21 KM, turn right towards Doolin (R479) at Ballinalacken Castle. Stay on this road and after 3 KM you will pass Doolin church on your left and Toomullin House is located 1 KM further down the road on the left hand side.
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.