Family Friendly Activities in Doolin
We love to look after families and it is quickly becoming one of our biggest markets as we cater for family dorm rooms up to 3, 4, 5 & 12 with bunk beds and private bathrooms. With a healthy continental breakfast each morning, a full self-catering kitchen at your disposal and a Coffee Dock with light snacks, packed lunches and pizza at the ready – there’s everything your family could need here at Doolin Hostel. Living onsite with our two young girls, here are some of our favourite things to do as a family..
Just down from the Cliffs of Moher, is Moher Hill farm which is a great petting zoo and kids play area both indoor and out.
There is a small beach at Doolin pier, enough to make a sand castle and a small pool carved out of the rock. Locals who fancy a dip usually do so at the old Doolin Pier and primarily in the evening.
There is a large sandy beach at nearby Fanore to the North and Lahinch to the South with activities such as surfing lessons and kayaking available (15 mins drive). There is also a stunning white sand beach on Inis Oirr, the smallest and nearest Aran Island to Doolin, and a great destination for a day out. But don’t forget the sunblock especially on dull days as its the sea breeze that burns quickly around here.
There is a fantastic natural links Doolin Pitch and Putt, just a 10-minute walk from Doolin Hostel, and with stunning views overlooking the Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands – a wonderful way to spend an afternoon together.
Take a day trip to the Aran Islands and rent bikes, with no traffic it’s a great way to see any of the Aran Islands. We recommend Inis Oirr, the smallest and closest Island with a 25-minute crossing it has the shortest ferry crossing.
Sea Kayaking with Lahinch Adventures is a great day out with older kids, or go Horse riding along the top of the Burren, overlooking Doolin at Mountain View Horse riding where Peter and his team will look after you well.
Surf lessons with Ben’s Surf Clinic is a great morning work out and check out their Summer and holiday camps as they are filled with great adventures for kids of all ages.
When its raining
In nearby Lahinch you have Seaworld with a large indoor public pool. Lahinch Adventures cater for indoor climbing and archery, and is great fun for all the family, especially the bouldering wall where kids as young as four and forty-four can challenge each other – watch out Mum or Dad, you may have met your match!
Doolin Cave is a fantastic show cave with the largest stalactite in Europe, 8 stories below and they have a fantastic nature trail. For Hobbit fans, visit Pol na gCollum. It really is a family trip you will be talking about for weeks after, guaranteed.
Bring the wellies and the rain gear and get out there, jump in loads of muddy puddles on many of the great walking trails, and when you come back there is a drying room, outdoor wash area for boots, wetsuits and the like. Don’t forget to call into our Coffee Dock for some Hot Chocolate and freshly baked Chocolate Chip Cookies upon your return.
The nearest cinema is in Ennis, a 40-minute drive away.
Places of Interest
- The Michael Cusack Centre in Carron for budding GAA fans.
- Caherconnell fort for Sheep Dog demonstrations.
- Aillwee Cave in Ballyvaughan has a fantastic Falconry with daily shows in the Summer and in the off season. Also, call in between 10am and 12pm and are usually making their tasty Burren Gold Cheese.
- In Kinvara, check out the fairy forest at the Burren Nature Sanctuary, which is a great way to explore and learn about the unique landscape, its flora and fauna.
- Go exploring the Burren and visit places such as the High Crosses in Kilfenora, or the ruins of Crocomore Abbey, or pick up a little gift at the Burren Perfumery and explore their wonderful perfume garden.
All the pubs in Doolin are child-friendly, as are the restaurants. A 5-minute drive away is the StoneCutters Family Restaurant, which is totally geared towards kids with healthy options, “Skids for Kidz” has a playground and with fresh home cooking favourites, it will please all around.
Linalla Icecream on the Flaggy shore is a must stop when touring around the Burren, and for the sweet tooth, a quick stroll down the street from the hostel is the Doolin Chocolate Shop.