Rob Henderson

Rob Henderson

Monday, 23 June 2014 13:01


As with walking, there are many routes to cycle from the hostel. With a little guidance from the hostel staff you can plan a day trip that can include the scenic coast, hidden country roads, the best of the Burren landscape and major archaeological sites. It's relatively easy to cycle to nearby villages such as Kilfenora, Carren and Ballyvaughan.THere are now 4 official signposted routes that start and finnish right here in Doolin. Two go north and two head to the south they vary in length and difficulty.

Monday, 23 June 2014 13:01


Both river fishing and rock angling can be pursued in Doolin. Brown trout can be caught in the Aille River, just in front of the hostel. Fisherman can rock angle at many points between Doolin and Black Head. Common varieties of fish include Wrasse, Mackerel, Sea Bass and Pollock. Not far away by car is Lickeen Lake in East Clare, where it is possible to hire a boat for lake fishing.

Monday, 23 June 2014 13:00

Boat Trips

From April until October there are two companies operating passenger ferryboats From Doolin pier to the Aran Islands.

Monday, 23 June 2014 13:00

Golf / Pitch and Putt

For golf enthusiasts, five miles away Lahinch has two links courses. For those less ambitious, or less able to part with large sums of money, there is also the Doolin Pitch and Putt. Situated between the lower village of Fishersgtreet and the Doolin pier, a short 10-minute walk from the hostel, the views of the Cliffs and sea make it an ideal place to spend a leisurely afternoon. The course has 18 holes and is open year around.

Monday, 23 June 2014 12:59


The Burren is literally littered with archaological sites dating as far back as the mesolithic period (7000 to 4000 BC) and spanning pre-historic and historic period up until the medieval period (late 12th to early 16th centuries AD). There are some very impressive sights that are well known, such as the Poulnabrone portal tomb which shold not be missed on a trip to the area. Equally interesting is to forge through unmarked territory to find little explored cairns, villages, churches, tombs, castles and ring forts. The adventurous will find some remarkable sites.

Monday, 23 June 2014 12:58

Flora and Fauna

The Burren is unique for its variety of alpine and mediterranean wild flowers all growing within the same area. It is home to such species as blue gentians, mountain avens, bloddy cranesbill, birds foottrefoil, thrift, campion and many species of orchids. It is believed that the seeds of the many diverse species were delivered to the area by expanding glaciers.

Doolin Cave- Discovered in 1952, the Great Stalactite at Doolin Cave, is becoming one of the most important eco-tourist attractions in Ireland.

Visible from the Aille River Hostel, the Knooclstoolery standing stone has a commanding presence from the hill overlooking the centre of Doolin. It is likely prehistoric.

Monday, 23 June 2014 12:44

Doolin House Ruin,Doolin (5 mins walk)

Built by Thomas McNamara in 1783, this house had a central role in Doolin's history. France McNamara, a prominent landlord, entertained many literary figures here and encouraged natural bathing in the area. The house was burnt to the ground by the Black and Tans in 1920 in retaliation for an IRA ambush.

There are at least 14 coastal ring fort ruins along the coast of Doolin. They are good examples of early Bronze Age and Iron Age burial grounds, dating from 2000 BC to about 200 BC.

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