Clare is quite possibly the most musical county in Ireland and Doolin is the most musical village in Clare. There is something special about the local Irish music, which sets Doolin apart. There are more musicians to the square mile here than anywhere in the world. Walk down the street and you must likely meet a local who has a family member performing in Riverdance. The pubs in Doolin are known the length and breadth of Ireland and across the world. They have become synonymous with traditional Irish music.
Doolin Music House is a unique event that takes place three nights a week from April to October. Christy Barry and his partner, Shiela, invite you into their home for an evening of music.
Christy discusses the history of traditional Irish music and plays great tunes with his friend, James Devitt. Shiela and Christy create an intimate atmosphere and guests can take part, sharing stories and even singing. Booking by prior arrangement only.
The spectacular coastal walking trail linking the village of Doolin and the Cliffs of Moher and on to Hags Head and Liscannor starts just 1 minute walk form your lodge. The full trail from Doolin to Liscannor is 18 km long but the section from Doolin to the Cliffs of Moher is 8km long and takes about 2 hrs each way.
The path brings you up close with the natural habitats of the sea birds nesting along the rugged coastline where the Cliffs of Moher meet the Atlantic ocean. There are an estimated 30,000 birds living on the cliffs, representing more than 20 different species.Download the Cliffs of Moher Coastal Walk - Map
A day trip from Doolin to one of the three stunning Aran Islands is a must. They are an off shore extension of the Burren and are one of the last out-posts of Gaelic civilisation where Irish is still the native language of their inhabitants. Ferries run daily from Doolin harbour, with the crossing taking 30 minutes.Doolin Harbour is a 15 minute walk from The Lodges @ Sea View House.
Inis Oirr (Inishere) or "island of the east" is the smallest and most beautiful, with so much to offer. It has all the amenities larger Inishmore but without the hoards of visitors. It is set in glistening crystal clear blue atlantic waters and boasts an amazing beach, rare plants and flowers and a wealth of breath taking scenery. Experience the traditional way of life practised by an Irish speaking community of around 300 as you lose yourself on one of the many narrow laneways that divide small flower filled stone walled fields. The ruins of a 15th century O’Brien tower house built inside an earlier stone fort can be seen from anywhere on the island.
Inis Oirr has so much to offer yet it's possible to explore it on foot but you can also rent bicycles or horse-and-carriage right at the harbour. To eat we recommend Tigh Ned's pub. It has retained its old character and has a great beer garden just 15 metres from edge of Galway Bay.
The local ferry companies run hour-long trips from Doolin to the bottom of the Cliffs of Moher. The Cliffs of Moher are home to one of the major colonies of cliff-nesting seabirds in Ireland and this is a great way to see them. Trips normally run from 12:00hrs to 17:00hrs. Doolin Harbour is a 15 minute walk from The Lodges @ Sea View House.
The stalactite at Doolin Cave was found in a 40m long chamber, one of the largest chambers in County Clare. Measuring 7.3 metres (23 feet) in length, it is recognised as being the longest stalactite in the Northern hemisphere. Tours of the cave are available at the Doolin Cave visitors centre and take approximately one hour. Located just 4km north of The Lodges @ Sea View House, Doolin Cave is becoming one of the most important eco-tourist attractions in Ireland.
Local farmer Pat Sweeney has decided to share his local knowledge with visitors to Doolin by offering Guided Walks along the new path to the Cliffs of Moher. Join Pat Sweeney on a guided walk along the sea cliffs from Doolin to the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre. This spectacular walk is a must do while in Doolin. Pat is a local historian and walking enthusiast, an expert on local history and folklore and is passionate about the preservation of a rural lifestyle. Walks are by prior arrangement only.
Local historian and Doolin native Mattie Shannon will take you on a evening guided walk to learn more about the archaeology and geology of the Burren landscape. Walks are by prior arrangement only.
Enjoy a morning exploring the seashore from a different angle. Let local guide Oonagh of Wild Kitchen take you on a foraging walk along the seashore. Discover many edible types of seaweed, herbs, roots, flowers and fruits along the Geopark shoreline followed by a wild food picnic lunch.
Walk with Pius guided walks take place throughout the Burren. A walk with Pius enables you to connect with the landscape, view limestone paving, visit archaeological and sacred sites. Explore the flora, fauna, geology, history, archaeology, mythology and farming practices of the Burren. All walks include educational, and at times amusing commentary and insights, and provide an opportunity for personal interaction with Pius. Walks are by prior arrangement only.
Join Cormac McGinley on one of his walking tours to learn about the geological origin (and fossils) of the area and the stunning flora and fauna found along Ireland’s Atlantic Coastline.
Electric Bikes. can hired from E-Whiz in Kilfenora, who will deliver them to your lodge. You will be supplied with everything you need. If you bring your own bikes we can provide a safe place to store them. The North Clare Cycle network has Doolin Ireland as its hub.
If cycling is not your thing we can recommend private chauffeurs and tour guides as well.