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After leaving Dingle far too soon, we decided to change up our itinerary a bit so we could fit a day trip to the Aran Islands. This meant getting up at 5:00 am, driving almost four hours to just barely make in time for the 10:00 (and only morning) ferry. It was a caffeine-fueled and nerve-wracking four hours. Driving Irish roads in daylight is one thing and hard enough. Driving them in the dark is borderline daredevil activity. We made it though and despite not feeling well, visiting Inishmore was an amazing experience and well worth it. After arriving back to the Doolin pier, we headed to our Doolin accommodation for the night.
Doolin is not a very large village but you have a decent selection of places to stay given its close proximity to the Cliffs of Moher and being one of two of places (the other is Galway) to take the ferry to the Aran Islands. When we pulled up at our hotel, I was super impressed. It looked like a mansion more than a hotel. The house was built in 1736 and has remained in one family’s lineage for many generations. It sits on 100 acres with breathtaking views of the famous Irish coastline.
Aran View House sits just North of the main part of Doolin and you can easily walk, drive or bike into the village for dinner or live music. Doolin is the gateway to the Cliffs of Moher, the Aran Islands, The Burren, and Doolin Cave. While we only had one night here, it would easily be a great spot to set up home for several nights and take day trips.
Common Areas + Room
While we didn’t get to explore the common areas due to our action-packed day, there is a guest lounge and restaurant on site. Our room was a welcomed sight after our long day and we were both so excited to see how spacious it was and the large bathroom with a tub that was calling my name.
The room comfortably sleeps three with a full and twin bed making it perfect for a group of friends or a small family traveling together. There is also plenty of space for your belongings and a nice sitting area with a view.
- Free, fast Wi-FI
- Free and spacious parking (learn more about renting a car in Ireland)
Aran View House was the perfect Doolin accommodation for our short trip but with the room size, proximity to so many amazing destinations and activities and the gorgeous views, I could easily have stayed here longer. I would absolutely recommend this accommodation for anyone visiting Doolin and would definitely stay here again should I find myself in Doolin again (which I hope I do!).
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What to Pack for Doolin
Raincoat (yep, it’s not just something people say – it can rain at any moment!)
Travel Umbrella (while I didn’t bring an umbrella and was too stubborn to buy one, I’d recommend it)
Pacsafe Cross Body Purse (I love my Pacsafe products and would highly recommend using them when traveling)
Comfortable Shoes (my feet tend to hurt pretty easily and these are the best shoes I’ve had in a while for walking a lot)
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Ashley, what a charming hotel! I love the architecture, and your room looks so cozy. The view out towards the sea is what really gets me though. Even with the gray day you had — how lovely. I would imagine the views on a clear day must be extraordinary. I would very much like to visit the Aran Islands on my next trip to Ireland, so I’ve got the Aran View House on my list.
We went to Inisheer back in September and it was quite the bumpy boat ride to get there, despite being the closest of the islands to Doolin.
We stayed on the island overnight and it was a really great experience, I’d recommend it. There are only a few hundred residents and one, maybe two restaurants. You can tour the entire island on foot in an afternoon, including a beached shipwreck from the 1960s.
Our ride was super bumpy too! Glad I don’t get seasick haha. We only did Inishmore (the largest and furthest) and were able to bike the island! I’d love to go back and visit the others though. so cool you can walk around Inisheer!
I hate the stress of racing for a ferry. We were racing for a ferry on our last trip to Costa Rica and barely made it in time. Unfortunately, it was already booked. We had to drive around for four hours (and some rough roads at night) to bypass the ferry route. Glad you made it to Doolin. It looks so green and beautiful, with great views of the sea.
Oh no, what a terrible experience haha. Luckily, we were able to pre-book our ferry tickets.
I love that window, makes a great reading nook! And the Cliffs of Moher look stunning, even with the fog. You’re making me want to visit Ireland!
It is the perfect reading nook! And, you should definitely visit Ireland 🙂
I love historic hotels! And I agree, love that this looks more like a charming mansion than a hotel. It’s great that it’s such a central location too, that’s always important to me when booking accommodation.
This looks like a fabulous place to stay! The western coast of Ireland is stunning. I loved seeing the Cliffs of Mohr and County Cork. When I was in Ireland, it was just a day trip to the coast; we were staying in Limerick. But if I go again, I’d like to spend more time in this area.
Lovely B&B in Ireland!I would love to explore Ireland like you did. This place looks like the perfect place to explore the nearby attractions.
Driving in the dark for four hours?? Yikes! Glad you made it OK. Sounds like the trip — and especially this B&B — was worth it! It looks so cozy and charming — a perfect place to relax after a long day. Will def add to my list for my next Ireland trip!