Doolin is a wonderful place, with lots to do. Here is a list of “the things we like to do”. It's in no particular order and it's not exhaustive. You can Google for more information.
If you want to get a good overview of Doolin and the area you might like to watch this German TV travel documentary that features Doolin and the Arran Islands. Click here to watch.
There is a very good (free) guide to the Shannon region and things to do called "Your Daily Adventure" which is widely distributed in the area. The online version is here.
Aillwee Caves Very impressive caves. There are also sheep dog demonstrations, too. Click here for details.
Arran Islands Part of the "Gaeltacht", where Gaelic is spoken as the first language. A short ferry ride from Doolin. Click here for details about the islands. For easy to follow directions for getting to the ferries at Doolin Pier click here.
Burren Centre In Kilfenora village there is an interpretation centre for The Burren. A good place to start to understand The Burren and to get a cup of tea. Click here for details.
Burren Perfumery A delightful excursion that is also very interesting. Has a charming coffee shop. Click here for details.
Burren Walking Tour Hardy walking. You will learn a lot about the history and use of the Burren… but do go prepared for a hike. Click here for details.
Cliffs Guided Tour The Cliff Walk starts in Doolin and is well worth taking. Pat Sweeney will keep you entertained and informed; and the Cliff Walk he has created is fabulous. Click here for details.
The Cliffs of Moher You can’t come to Doolin without seeing the cliffs. Either from the visitors' centre or from a sea cruise. Click here for details.
Coast Road Drive If you do nothing else, do this. Truly breathtaking on a global scale. Click here for details.
Doolin Cave The second biggest stalactite in the World. Need we say more. Good place for a cup of tea, too. Click here for details.
Doolin Pitch & Putt Don’t knock it. A challenging course with fantastic views and all for tuppence. Click here for details.
Father Ted’s House The parochial house used for the Father Ted TV comedy series. Offers teas (ah, go on, you will. You will). Click here for details.
Galway Interesting city for the Spanish influences stemming from the wrecking of an Armada ship taking the long route home. Has a top university, where only the hardest working students get it. Click here for details.
Kayaking There is some fun to be had kayaking in the area. There are two companies we have used. North Clare Sea Kayaking, see here, is a little more “hardcore”. Lahinch Adventures, see here, have a great option of kayaking down the Inagh River from Ennistymon to the beach in Lahinch.
Surfing There are a number of surfing options in Lahinch. All are good and typically the owner is a very experienced surfer from the area. We’ve used Ben’s Surf Clinic, see here and Green Room. Click here for details.
Horse Riding A great way to see the area is on horse back; you get to “see over” the hedges and the horse is doing the hard work for you. There are two well established stables in the area; Mountain View, click here, and Willy Daly’s, click here. Willy is also the “Match Maker” at the Lisdoonvarna festival, so if you are looking for love he is the man.
Lahinch Surfer-dude-town plus fish and chips, Sea World centre and famous links golf course. Great beach walk. Click here for details.
Liscannor Rock Shop Val’s favourite shop (yes, really). Interesting rocks, stones and jewelry. Good place for a cup of tea. Click here for details.
North Clare Cycle Routes A well signposted network of cycling routes that keep you off the main roads. Click here to see the network.
Spanish Point and Beyond Past Lahinch, great coastal drive. Softer landscape than The Burren drive. Click here for details.
The Burren This is an area of outstanding natural beauty and home to many stone-age and beyond artifacts; the Poulnabrone Dolmen is the most famous. Click here for details.
The Doolin Pubs Doolin is famous for it's pubs. Most offer nightly traditional Irish music entertainment. In Doolin any of the three pubs will give you all the "craic" you need. Click here for details.
Village of Kilfenora Not just worth visiting for The Burren Centre, but an interesting village with monastic ruins. The so called “City of Crosses". Click here for details. Click here for details.