by Admin · Published July 23, 2011 · Updated May 15, 2014
Doolin is an ideal place to see many of the great natural sites that Ireland has to offer.
The enclave is a popular spot for those looking to relax in charming pubs that reverberate with traditional music and welcoming atmospheres. From here, you can take a ferry to the enchanting Aran Islands situated in Galway Bay, where you can stroll around Árainn, Inis Meáin and Inis Oírr. The archipelago is visited by many who are keen to experience its stunning beaches and traditional lifestyles.
The islands stay close to their cultural roots and many of the inhabitants speak the country’s native language. The largest, Árainn, offers you the chance to view many Iron Age ruins, including the impressive Dún Aonghasa ring fort where ancient people held ceremonies far above the crashing waves. Walking and cycling is available on the smaller Inis Meáin and Inis Oírr islands, which also offer many historical sites to view.
For example, on Inis Meáin, you can get an idea of how the homes of ancient man appeared thanks to the ruins of Dún Chonchúir, also called Conor’s Fort, and Dún Fearbhaí. Meanwhile, on the smallest island, Inis Oírr, the medieval O’Brien’s Castle is a popular draw for visitors who are keen to walk around past battle scenes. Returning to Doolin after the ferry crossing, there is much more to see if you are deciding to stay in the town.
If you have driven to town, you may like to take a trip to the nearby Burren or Doolin caves, which are both remarkable natural attractions. Making sure you are prepared for any vehicle-related mishaps by buying car insurance is recommended before you get started on your trip. The Burren occupies a 250 kilometre stretch of land in County Clare, with Doolin located near its south west region.
The remarkable landscape is made up of chunks of pale limestone rock that stun many visitors with its desolate beauty. Despite its barren appearance, the area is teeming with many different kinds of plants and wildlife, while popular attractions such as Poulnabrone Dolmen, show the land was revered by Celtic people.
To visit yet another natural phenomenon, you are invited to catch a glimpse of one of the largest stalactites in Northern Europe. Called the Great Stalactite, the 7.3 metre peak of rock thrusts down from the roof of Doolin cave. A guided tour sees visitors taken underground in dim light to then see the natural formation lit up in all its glory.
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