Doolin Accommodation Recommendations

Jun 29th, 2011, 06:02 PM
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Doolin Accommodation Recommendations

O.k., I've given up. My elderly in-laws are determined to spend a few days in Doolin, despite the difficulty traveling to and from either Shannon Airport or Galway, depending on the order they do things in. They wil have no car.

Does anyone have a great recommendation of a central B&B, close to pubs and restaurants, or any other tips that would make their stay easier?

Thank you!
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Jun 29th, 2011, 06:30 PM
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I won't recommend the B&B where we stayed in Doolin last month since I had some problems with it, but when I did my research, I found lots of B&Bs that were within walking distance of the various pubs.

However, having spent less than 24 hours in Doolin, I wonder what your in-laws plan to do for "a few days" if they don't have a car. There's really not much to see and do in Doolin itself. I guess they could take the ferry to the Aran Islands, but anything other than that will require transportation by bus and I don't know how many buses service Doolin daily.
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Jun 29th, 2011, 06:39 PM
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The CLiffs of Mohr are easily accessible by boat from Doolin, but even to get to the harbor is a long walk. I am sure they could find a taxi. Maybe they could consider hiring a driver to get between the towns.
There are MANY b&b's in Doolin. THere should be no problem finding one.
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Jun 30th, 2011, 05:11 AM
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Yes, I located some good ones on Trip Adviser, but I have no sense which ones are near good pubs, etc. I was advised by a Band B owner that taxis are slow and hard to come by.

Longhorn, I have the same questions, lol! However, I think relaxation is key to them. They enjoy just chatting with people and good music.
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Jun 30th, 2011, 05:51 AM
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SeaView is a wonderful B&B right in the center of town with lovely owners. Stayed there last year.
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Jun 30th, 2011, 06:05 AM
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I can recommend Roadford House.

It is super close to two of the three major pubs, No issue walking. And, as an added bonus, since they will be without a car, they can have dinner there as well, just walk downstairs from their room- the owner/husband is a chef - it was quite good.

See tripadvisor reviews for additional reviews- I posted a review of my stay there. While the rooms are basic, the food was very good, and the owner/wife lovely.
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Jun 30th, 2011, 06:10 AM
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Thank you both so much!!!
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Jun 30th, 2011, 06:25 AM
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Seaview is booked ):, will try Roadford, but it doesn't sound as though they have groundfloor rooms... wow, Doolin books up early!
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Jul 1st, 2011, 04:32 AM
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davispeets, I just heard from Roadford, and they have availability. ya-hoo! Do you recall the layout? Does the stairs have railings? Ensuite baths? Thanks for the recommenation!
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Jul 1st, 2011, 06:10 AM
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Oh good! It is sooooo close to McDermatt's- I doubt there was a closer B&B to that pub.

I'm pretty sure the stairs had railings - my room was approached from an outside set of stairs. But to refresh my memory, I looked through the user posted pictures on TA upper right hand side-- 54 pictures- and saw a July 2009 photo (Photo #38) which shows the stairs are enclosed on the sides and so there would be something to hold onto on both sides of the stairs.

The room did have an ensuite bath with a shower - you can see my pictures that I posted to my Sept. 09 review - small pic of sink and shower.

If she gave you the option of dinner I hope you booked it for your in-laws. I was on the fence about it at the time I booked. Roadhouse was my second choice too - the top TA rated B&B for Doolin was booked - but in the end it worked out perfectly.
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Jul 1st, 2011, 06:27 AM
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Bus Timetables for Doolin. From Shannon they would have to change in Ennis.
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Jul 1st, 2011, 01:35 PM
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i would try to book them into to Cullinans guesthouse. its centrally located, walking distance to the pubs for music and the rest of the town. they also have an excellent restaurant.
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Jul 3rd, 2011, 04:01 AM
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Thank you guys ever so much. We have decided to wait on Doolin until we can accompany them and rent a car, as they are getting too stressed about transportation. You have, however, made us extremely interested in visiting ourselves, so thank you for the terrific information!
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