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Staying in Doolin in July

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Staying in Doolin in July

We plan to be there mid July. Are the crowds and tourists overwhelming in the town of Doolin at that time? Should we stay in a town nearby, instead of Doolin?

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1. Re: Staying in Doolin in July

Yes Layla, expect quite a few people.

Lahinch is another alternative nearby; it will still be busy but as its a more tradtional town set up- i.e it has more facilities.

Doolin is a tiny place and not configured like a tradtional village.

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2. Re: Staying in Doolin in July

doolin is a tourist mecca - and the place as ferdia said is tiny - surrounded by tons of b and b's and tour buses.

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3. Re: Staying in Doolin in July

If you are staying a week can I recommend Quilty Cottages. if its just a couple of days I would say Lisdoonvarna as it is really handy for Doolin which can get busy any-time.



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4. Re: Staying in Doolin in July

Hi Layla

It really depends what you are looking for. There are approx 30 B&Bs in Doolin, some are in the village, but some are located in more isolated spots, such as Lough (nearer the Cliffs of Moher) or out towards Fanore.

It might be nice to be close enough to experience all the attractions, such as Doolin Cave, ferries to the Aran Islands or cruises to the Cliffs, horse riding, etc but far enough away in the evening if you prefer a quieter location. The ferries to the islands tend to leave around 10am and passengers must be on the pier 30 minutes before, so it can be handy to be close by the night before.

The Doolin Tourism site might help you decide: http://www.doolin-tourism.com/

Hope this helps!


Joan Reilly

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5. Re: Staying in Doolin in July

I live in and own a business in Doolin and I can assure you, it is a traditional Irish village, with the basic layout of the village unchanged in many years. The only additions have been a few hotels. Yes, Doolin is a tourist hot spot, but for all the right reasons--the local people are friendly, the B and B's are great and the music, well, it speaks for itself. As for the buses, they arrive for the lunches at the pubs, but now mostly stay up at Hotel Doolin and well out of the village itself, by evening, the buses are gone. The pubs can get a bit crowded at night, especially once the music starts at 9:30, but again, the people are friendly and if you are open to having a few conversations with locals, this will be the place to do it. Doolin also makes for a great "jumping off point" to see the area. You can roam up and down the coastline of Clare, take a ferry to the Aran Islands, explore the wonders of the Burren, and still be back in Doolin to freshen up, have a bite to eat and catch some trad. music at one of the pubs. As I read this, I know that I sound like I am just very proud of my village, but my experience comes from being a tourist in Doolin for many years before taking the plunge and moving here.

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6. Re: Staying in Doolin in July

The question posed is 'are the crowds and tourists overwhelming in the town of Doolin at that time?' (mid July) and of course they are not. I am disappointed that some people would suggest Lahinch, Quilty, etc. Nothing wrong with these places at all, far from it, but the question is about Doolin. It is a small but not tiny village with absolutely everything the tourist might need, great pubs with music and delicious food, music shops, cafes, reataurants, B/Bs, tourist hostels, hotels, camp sites, pitch'n'putt, Doolin Cave, exceptional walks and historic sites, etc. etc. Please come and enjoy the hospitality, you won't want to leave.

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