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Activities near Doolin

WALKING

Doolin is centrally located on the Burren Way marked Trail. The Burren Way always captivates its visitors in that it involves a hike along the spectacular Cliffs of Moher with views to the Aran Islands. The trail is dotted with archaeological remains and many of the Burrens rare flora can be seen on route. Doolin makes an ideal base for walking enthusiasts. Self guided walks or professionally guided walks can all be arranged locally.

HORSE RIDING

The Burren is an ideal region to explore on horseback. There are many options including lake and beach trails, and also the ancient Burren Highways or "Green Roads". Day-long, three-day and week-long trails are available.

CAVING

The Doolin Cave System was first explored in 1953 by the University of Bristol Speleological Society. The system is over 10.5 kilometres in length, incorporating many active underground rivers flowing through the limestone. It's main entrance, the Fisherstreet Pothole is centrally located in the village. These cave systems may be explored unaccompanied only by experienced potholers, however local guides can take first time cavers on this magical underground journey.

Doolin is also home to Poll an Ionain, the cave with the largest and most impressive stalectite, which according to the Guinness Book of Records is the longest free hanging stalectite in the world at 7 metres in length.

Ailwee Cave is 2 million years old and is now a developed showcave where visitors can be guided to explore the hibernation chambers of long extinct brown bears and other amazing underground sights. The cave is located 20 minutes drive from Doolin.

CYCLING

Cycling is another popular and indeed healthy way of exploring this beautiful region.

Bike hire is available locally in Doolin.

DIVING

This has become a very popular activity in Doolin in recent years and the area boasts some of the best diving on the West Coast of Ireland. In the 1980's a network of sub-marine caves were discovered off Doolin Point. These have been named the Green Holes of Doolin and some 1250 metres have been charted. Snorkelling may also be enjoyed in the clear Atlantic waters around Crab Island.

FISHING

The Clare coast line is famous for it's shore angling which can be done at Fanore, Doolin, Liscannor and Lahinch.Deep sea angling can also be arranged locally.

GOLF

Doolin has an excellent nine hole pitch and putt course located along the ocean front.Lahinch's famous Championship Golf Links is just 20 minutes drive from Doolin.

ISLAND TRIPS

Take a boat trip from Doolin to the mystical Aran Islands which are stunningly beautiful and feature cliffs, incredible rugged landscapes, ancient forts and other prehistoric relics. Travel to the islands, from Doolin (the shortest crossing point), by passenger ferry, in less than 30 minutes.

Attractions near Doolin

AILLWEE CAVE

Guided tours, lasting 30 minutes, allow you to observe beautiful caverns, bridged chasms, underground waterfalls, weird mineral formations and the hibernation chambers of brown bears which have been extinct in Ireland for centuries.
Facilities include a restaurant, craft shop, information desk and outside and 'The Hazelwood' crafts village.

BURREN EXPOSURE

Located in the unique Burren, this new visitors' centre provides visitors with an overview of the area and its unique landscape, its rich human history and its famous flora. Elaborate audio - visual presentation; synchronised large scale slide panoramas with soundscapes in 3 specially created environments.

BURREN SMOKEHOUSE

The Burren Smokehouse produce oak-smoked Irish Atlantic Salmon. The ancient tradition is explained in their new visitors centre. Gourmet and Craft Shop. Audio-visual in English, German, French and Italian.

BURREN DISPLAY CENTRE

The Burren Display Centre (Brú na Bóirne) has a new design which will bring to life the dramatic and fascinating story of the Burren through models, slides, artifacts and information. Admission charge.

BURREN PERFUMERY & FLORAL CENTRE

The Burren Perfumery and Floral Centre is Ireland's oldest perfumery Shop, outstanding audio visual and photographic exhibition. www.burrenperfumery.com

LISCANNOR STONE & ROCK SHOP

Liscannor Stone is the name given to a variety of 300 million year old flagstones and sandstones that are risen from the lands in the region. The stone bears the fossil tracks of Marine animals thar lived millions of years ago. 
The Visitors Centre includes: an audio-visual display that highlights the fascinating history of Liscannor stone and the 'Rock Shop' which displays precious and semi-precious stones from Ireland and all over the world. Almost everyone of the Earth's natural treasures is on sale here.

Holiday Cottages in Doolin

Waterside Holiday Homes is situated near Cliffs of Moher in Doolin and in close proximity to Lisdoonvarna, famous for theMatchmaking Festival held every year from September to end of October.

Doolin is a charming small seaside village on the northwest coast of County Clare (west coast of Ireland). Set against the rugged Atlantic Ocean and surrounded by the spectacular bare limestone landscape of the Burren, Doolin is a place of breathtaking beauty. Doolin is the gateway to the Aran Islands with the ferry to the Aran Islands leaving from Doolin pier which offers the shortest crossing to the Aran Islands.
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