Doolin is a charming fishing village on the Northwest coast of County Clare. Set against the rugged Atlantic Ocean, it is surrounded by the spectacular bare limestone landscape of the Burren National Park and offers easy access to a wide variety of activities and attractions. Roadford accommodation is an ideal base to tour the surrounding area.
Centre of Irish Traditional Music
The Russell brothers made Doolin famous for its very distinctive style of traditional music. Many memorable trad sessions can be had in any of the pubs in Doolin McDermott's www.mcdermottspubdoolin.com cater for the best in Irish traditional music where jigs, reels and hornpipes can be enjoyed all night long. People come from all corners of the world to hear and some to play in these nightly sessions. Admittance is free. Roadford accommodation is a two minute walk from the pub
Aran Island Trips - Daily or Overnight
Take a boat trip with Doolin Ferries from Doolin pier 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. www.doolinferries.com
Caving - Doolin Cave
Doolin Cave is home to a wondrous geological phenomenon - The Great Stalactite. Measuring almost 7 metres in length, it is one of the largest free hanging stalactites in the world and the longest stalactite in the Northern Hemisphere. What makes it even more impressive is the fact that it is held on by a section of calcite, less than 0.3 m square. Visitors to Doolin Cave will experience an unforgettable adventure. www.doolincave.ie Located just 2 miles from Roadford House Accommodation.
Ailwee Cave is 2 million years old and is now a developed show cave 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 near Ballyvaughan village.
Cliffs of Moher
The Cliffs of Moher (www.cliffsofmoher.ie) are without doubt one of the main attractions in coming to Doolin. They start at Doolin beach stretching for approx 8 km and rising to an impressive 700ft. The interpretative centre is situated at its peak just over a 10 min drive from Roadford House accommodation.To get a totally different perspective on the Cliffs one can take a cruise boat which depart daily from Doolin pier www.cliffs-of-moher-cruises.com
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 Burren's rare flora can be seen on route. Doolin makes an ideal base for burren walking enthusiasts.
Golf / Pitch & Put
There is a Pitch & Put Course in Doolin and the famous Lahinch Golf Course is just 20 minutes drive.
The name Burren comes from the Irish 'boireann' meaning 'rocky place'. The Burren is in north-west County Clare, bounded on the west by the Atlantic and to the north by the waters of Galway Bay. It is an area of immense ecological, botanical and archaeological importance, both to Ireland and the whole world. A visit to the Burren Interpretive centre in Kilfenora before exploring the burren region is very helpful
Cycling is another popular and indeed healthy way of exploring this beautiful region. Bike hire is available locally in Doolin.