The Doolin Accommodation Guide: 11 Unique Places To Stay In Doolin

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Photo left via Elfin Cottage. Right via the Storytellers Cottage

If you’re planning a trip to Doolin accommodation is likely high on your to-sort-out-sharpish list. 

It’s hard to deny that little Doolin’s ‘size-to-things-to-do’ ratio is pretty off the charts. There’s literally no end to the number of places to visit nearby.

This charming village out on the windswept Clare coast is a cracking little spot to base yourself when you’re exploring the area (see out things to do in Doolin guide for a bit of inspiration!).

However, finding places to stay in Doolin can be tricky, as it’s arguably one of the most popular destinations amongst tourists and locals on the Wild Atlantic Way.

The most unique Doolin accommodation to spend a night in

Whether you’ve come to see the Cliffs of Moher, take a boat to the Aran Islands, enjoy some late-night trad music or nip into some caves, you’re going to need a place to rest your head. 

If you’re in search of unique places to stay in Doolin, you’ll find plenty below. From farmhouses and thatch cottages to boutique guesthouses and more, there’s a little bit of something to tickle every fancy.

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1. Clahane Shore Lodge 

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Photos via Bríd on Airbnb

If waking up to the sound of the ocean is your cup of tea, then you could do a lot worse than Clahane Shore Lodge.

With sweeping views and the chance to jump straight into a coastal trail, this is perfect for the adventurer looking to feel the wind on their face and take in the scenery.

The three bedrooms sleep eight people, the kitchen/living area is open plan and you’ll have the whole gaff to yourself.

If you fancy seeing more of this place, you can have a browse through the photos on Airbnb right here.

2. The Blue Stonecutters Cottage

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Photos via Phil & Valerie on Airbnb

One of the cosiest spots in our Doolin accommodation guide, the gorgeous Blue Stonecutters Cottage is a rustic little bungalow just south of Doolin.

Dating from the 19th century and instantly recognisable by its navy-blue front door, its wooden beams and period furnishings are dripping with charm.

Perched atop Doonagore hill (not far from Doonagore Castle), the cottage offers stunning views of the Atlantic and is located only a few minutes’ drive from the Cliffs of Moher.

3. Saltcliff Cottage (our favourite accommodation in Doolin)

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Photos via Airbnb

Just a few moments from the famous Pollboy Lookout (the place for all those dreamy sunset photos…assuming there’s sun, of course), accommodation in Doolin doesn’t get much more scenic than Saltcliff Cottage.

The interior isn’t bad either, with exposed brick walls, wooden flooring and stylish old-fashioned furniture completing the homely feeling.

Step out on the big outdoor patio, pour yourself a drink, look out to the ocean and watch the sun go down. If escapism’s your game, this a perfect spot.

4. The Storytellers Cottage

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Photo by Marie on Airbnb

With its pretty thatched roof and a clever raised viewing platform protected by glass, The Storytellers Cottage does a fine job of mixing the old with the new.

As far as picturesque hotels in Doolin go, you’d be hard-pressed to find many that match the lure and ocean views that you’ve got here.

Leather sofas and an ornate four-poster bed add to the elegance of this historic cottage by the sea. Book a night or see more here.

5. Elfin Cottage (the most unique accommodation Doolin has to offer)

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Photo via Doolin Village Lodges

How many baths have you had where you could lie there and gaze out across the majestic Clare countryside?

Of course, there’s much more to Elfin Cottage than its magnificent metallic bath but it would be remiss of me not to mention it.

This modern eco-friendly cottage just south of Doolin also has an impressive living area; the contemporary fireplace and floor to ceiling panoramic windows give savage views over the surrounding countryside.

6. Doolin Glamping

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Photo via Doolin Glamping

Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it! Offering a unique alternative to your usual Doolin accommodation, Doolin Glamping mixes being at one with nature while keeping the cool interior furnishings of a boutique hotel.

Just a stone’s throw from the beer, craic and trad music of the pubs O’Connor’s, McGann’s and McDermott’s, these delightful tents are in a cracking location for soaking up Doolin’s buzzy atmosphere.

On-site you’ll also get free Wi-Fi, showers, an electric stove fire and a fully equipped campers kitchen.

7. Sea View House

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Photo by Sean Haughton via Sea View House Doolin Accommodation

Nestled on a hill just above Doolin Village, Sea View House is a boutique bed and breakfast with, as you can imagine, some fine sea views.

But there’s so much more to this hotel in Doolin. As well as the cosy accommodation and the friendly welcome, those that spend a night here will literally (and I mean literally!) be sleeping right next to the colourful Fisher Street.

And if that isn’t enough, you’re also just moments from Gus O’Connors, a legendary local that’s been serving up cold pints, warm food and great music since 1832.

8. A charming cottage by the coast

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Photo by Marie on Airbnb

With two queen beds, a charming living area and a quaint little outdoor space, this bungalow up in Ballyrean is a snug escape, particularly if you’re heading over in winter and curling up by a warm fire sounds appealing.

Only a five-minute drive from Doolin Village and the Cliffs of Moher trail, this tranquil cottage is close to Doolin’s best attractions while keeping any crowds at arm’s length.

And if the weather’s particularly disagreeable during your stay, you’re conveniently close to Doolin Cave, a unique subterranean landscape housing a record-breaking 7.3-metre stalactite. See more here.

9. The Hawthorn

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Photo via Marie on Airbnb

Packed full of warm colours and Irish allure, The Hawthorn is a quaint cottage on the doorstep of the striking Burren National Park.

If hiking is your thing, it’s an ideal place to discover Co. Clare’s wild landscape while being only a 10-minute drive from Doolin Village – an ideal location for outdoor types.

With 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and gorgeous living and kitchen areas, this renovated cottage is spacious and congenial, perfect for cold winter nights among friends and family.

10. Rose Cottage

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Photo via Ciaran & Anna on Airbnb

Constructed 15 years ago (although it looks much older, in a good way!) and located at the end of a quiet road on the fringes of the Burren, Rose Cottage is divine seclusion.

If you’re looking for a peaceful escape but still staying within 15 minutes of Doolin and the Cliffs of Moher, then this quaint thatched roof cottage is perfect.

With a surprising amount of space inside and a hearty fire to gather around in the winter months, this is some seriously cosy Doolin accommodation.

11. Sheedy’s Boutique B&B

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Photo via Marian on Airbnb

One of the coolest and best-situated B&Bs in Doolin, Sheedy’s Boutique B&B is set right in the heart of Doolin Village and within spitting distance of the famous Fitzpatricks’s bar.

Starting your day with a mighty breakfast cooked for you each morning by Frank Sheedy, you’ll be well taken care of.

The Cliffs of Moher walking trail is less than 15 minutes away on foot, so you’ll be in a great spot to see one of Ireland’s most famous sights.

Can you recommend any other places to stay in Doolin?

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Photo © The Irish Road Trip

Have you rented or spent a night in some other Doolin accommodation that we’ve missed? If so, let us know in the comments section below.

If you’re visiting Doolin and you’re wondering what there is to do in the town and nearby, hop into our guide to the best things to do in Doolin.