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A small fishing village, also known as Fisherstreet, on a sandy bay some 3km from Aill na Searrach, the northern end of the Cliffs of Moher. Doolin is world-famous for its wealth of Irish folk music and in recent years has been attracting crowds to spontaneous sessions and festivals or 'fleadhanna' of Irish and international music. Lots of music pubs and restaurants. Overlooked by Doonagore Castle, an unusual circular tower within a walled bawn enclosure, which has been restored as a residence. Nearer the sea, Iron Age burial mounds dot the surrounding landscape.
One of Doolin's claims to fame is that it is the main setting for the PlayStation 3 game Folklore. According to the game's storyline, the Netherworld, the world of the dead is a realm that can only be accessed from one place in the world, the sea-side village of Doolin.
Doolin is one of three places (Galway and the village of Rossaveal on the northwest shore of Galway Bay are the others) with ferry services to the Aran Islands, which are visible from the town.
The Aille River runs from the hills of the Burren down past Doolin to meet the sea. The small Crab Island is a short distance out from Doolin Harbor, barren except for the remains of a 19th Century stone constabulary outpost.
I’m writing to tell you that we had a fantastic time in Ireland. Vehicle was really good – collection and return went smoothly. All the accommodation (and our hosts) was excellent (although I’m not sure they could quite take in the fact that our family of 8 were all on holiday together, with an age range from 18 to 79!). We’re now all on diets after the magnificent Irish breakfasts every day – back to the ‘real’ world is hard! The Spring weather was kind to us – one day was a bit grim, but that was the day we were staying at Westport so we took advantage of the leisure facilities there.
The ‘highlight’ was our meeting with a seal pup –I think it was at Malin Beg – am enclosing a couple of photos – one of the pup with my 18 year old son who, despite being a ‘grown-up’, was delighted that the seal came out of the water to spend about 40 minutes with us!
Thanks to you and Ronan once again for your excellent and efficient organization of our trip.
Annella Hall, Chelmsford, Essex, England