The Cliffs of Moher are Ireland's most visited natural attracted capturing the hearts of up to 1 million of visitors each year. Standing 214m (702 feet) at their highest point they stretch for 8 kilometres (5 miles) along the Atlantic coast of County Clare in the west of Ireland. From the Cliffs of Moher on a clear day one can see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, as well as the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk mountains in Connemara, Loop Head to the south and the Dingle Peninsula and Blasket Islands in Kerry. O’Brien’s Tower stands near the highest point and has served as a viewing point for visitors for hundreds of years.
Join Pat Sweeney on a guided walk along the sea cliffs from Doolin to the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre, for a unique experience of the breathtaking rural beauty of this part of the World. With the green fields of the local farmers on one side and the pounding waves of the Atlantic Ocean on the other, this spectacular walk, led by one of these local farmers is a must if you are visiting the west coast of Ireland along The Wild Atlantic Way. Pat is a local historian and walking enthusiast, an expert on local history and folklore and is passionate about the preservation of a rural lifestyle enjoyed by five generations of his family who have farmed in this area.
The walk takes approximately 3 hours along a gravel path and finishes at the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre where public transport is available for your return to Doolin. The walk is easy, always with the sound of the ocean in your ears, for approximately 8km along the coast and also crosses two sections of Pat's farm along the way. Visitors will have the privilage of seeing the natural beauty of the area and hearing an interpretation of past and present life from the perspective of a guide who has an enthusiasm and passion for the locality.
The founding of the ferries from Doolin to The Aran Islands is a story of chance and good old Irish luck. Bill O’Brien was a young local farmer who often visited the fine establishments of Doolin (The Pubs of Course). On a fine summer’s day he met two American ladies who were visiting the area. Being able to see the Aran Islands from Doolin Pier they asked Bill:
“Can you tell us what’s out there across the water”? Bill replied, “I can do you one better and I’ll show you”.
So off they set out from Doolin Pier in a traditional currach and history was made. Little did the two ladies know that this was his maiden voyage and the year was 1970.
Over the years as Ireland changed so did Doolin Ferries. Throughout the years Bill was always seeking to improve his business working within the conditions that exist at Doolin Pier. Little by little he upgraded his fleet gradually to what it is today. To this very day we have return visitors that had traveled with Bill in the early years and have fond memories of the 70′s and 80′s when they traveled to the islands in a much different time.
Doolin Cave is home to the Great Stalactite. At 7.3 metres (23feet) it is the longest free-hanging stalactite in the Northern Hemisphere. The Great Stalactite, suspended from the ceiling like a chandelier, is truly astounding. Visitors can hardly believe that it was formed from a single drop of water over thousands of years.
Extend the adventure from underground to over ground following a charming Farmland Nature Trail that takes a looped walk around the cave setting. The nature trail is home to indigenous species of flora along with rare and miniature breeds of animals. Visitors can enjoy delicious home-cooked foods and home-baked cakes in the comfortable surroundings of Doolin Cave Cafe. Doolin Cave pottery, hand-made using glacial clay found deep within Doolin Cave, is available in the gift-shop.
We are located in the magical Burren region close to the world famous Cliffs of Moher. Doolin Cave are also proud to be ambassadors for the Wild Atlantic Way.