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With allegedly more musicians per square mile in this county than anywhere in the world, it’s unsurprising that this small fishing village is hailed as the capital of Irish folk music. Musical traditions still reign strong today, and those looking for an authentic taste of traditional Irish music won’t have to look far in Doolin. The village’s three historic pubs, Gus O’Connor’s, Mcdermott’s and Mcgann’s, all host nightly music sessions, where you can hear Gaelic poetry set to music and admire the soulful timbre of traditional instruments like Celtic harps, tin whistles, fiddles and Irish flutes. Musicians from all over the globe visit Doolin in search of the genre’s roots, and a number of events throughout the year bring together local and international musicians for impromptu jam sessions.

With nearby tourist attractions like the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren and the Aran islands, this northwestern town in County Clare also makes a popular base for travelers, with world-class opportunities for hiking and climbing on its doorstep. The picturesque village has proven more than just a stopover though, with its small-town charm, cozy pubs and homely hospitality enticing many tourists to stay much longer than they’d planned. Pull up a bar stool, order a pint of Guinness and get ready to be dragged to your feet for some impromptu Irish dancing.

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Doolin is located 31 miles from Shannon Airport and 44 miles from Galway. It is a convenient spot to visit, only five miles from the Cliffs of Moher.

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Cliffs of Moher Day Trip from Dublin

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 606 Reviews

Leave Dublin behind for a day, and travel to County Clare to see the spectacular Cliffs of Moher on Ireland’s west coast. ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $51.86

Cliffs of Moher Day Trip from Galway

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 100 Reviews

Leave Galway and head to the incredible Cliffs of Moher that sit on Europe’s most westerly tip! Traveling south by luxury coach, pass quaint coastal towns and ...  Read more

Location: Galway, Ireland
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $28.46

3-Day Cork, Blarney Castle, Ring of Kerry and Cliffs of Moher Rail Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 123 Reviews

From Cork and Blarney Castle to the Ring of Kerry and Cliffs of Moher, you'll see the best of Ireland's west and south-west on this leisurely three-day rail ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 3 days / 2 nights

From USD $522.51

Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin

4.5 star rating: Recommended 536 Reviews

Explore Ireland's west coast highlights on a coach and rail day trip from Dublin to the wild Cliffs of Moher, the Burren and picturesque Galway Bay.

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 15 hours (approx.)

From USD $124.08

4-Day Ring of Kerry, Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Galway and Connemara Rail Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 25 Reviews

Want to explore Ireland outside Dublin? This leisurely four-day rail tour shows you the best of Ireland's southern and western coastal regions, crammed with ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $659.12

4-Day Cork, Ring of Kerry, Dingle, Cliffs of Moher and Galway Bay Rail Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 19 Reviews

Traveling by rail and coach, this comprehensive four-day tour shows you the very best of Ireland. You'll visit Cork, Ireland's second largest city, and see the ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $636.35

Best 2-Day Western Ireland Tour from Dublin by Train: Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Galway

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Explore the highlights of Ireland's stunning west coast on this 2-day trip by rail and coach from Dublin, accompanied by a friendly and informative guide along ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $317.60

3-Day Cliffs of Moher, Connemara and Aran Islands Rail Tour from Dublin

4.5 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

Experience the delights of Galway Bay, the Cliffs of Moher, the spectacular Connemara and the Aran islands on a three-day rail and coach tour from Dublin. ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $545.28

2-Day Cliffs of Moher, Connemara and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin

4 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

Take an overnight trip from Dublin to tour the stunning countryside of Connemara and Galway. The trip takes you through the breathtaking scenery of Connemara's ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $317.60

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