Visit Doolin Cave and explore the Burren landscape above-ground and under-ground. Doolin Cave is one of Europe’s most compelling cave attractions. It is a truly authentic experience. It is your only opportunity to see such a large free hanging stalactite anywhere in the world.

From the moment you descend over 80ft into the first tunnel, with your guide, you will enter a world carved by water. Donning your hard hat, you will follow the rough-hewn route of the early explorers who first discovered the cave. When you enter the stunning, cathedral-like dome that houses the huge stalactite, you will be briefly plunged into a world of primitive darkness. Then, in a flash, you will be awed as the subtly-lit stalactite appears before you. And, far below, a magical stream carries to the hills outside, the water that carved the primeval world around you.

The cave tour takes 40-45 minutes.

Doolin Cave Farmland Nature Trail takes a looped walk, approximately 1km long around the cave setting. There is seating along the trail set amidst native Burren flora and wild flower meadows. There are also rare and miniature breeds of cattle, sheep, goats and chickens to watch and enjoy along the trail. Set in a picturesque valley surrounded by rolling farmland and Burren cliffs with a view to Ballinalacken Castle, it provides wonderful photo opportunities to visitors. The trail is an ideal activity for families in the Burren.

  • Doolin cave farmland nature trail is free to all cave visitors.
  • The trail is a gentle stroll over approx 1km.
  • Doolin Cave Café can provide picnics to enjoy out on the nature trail.

Opening Times:
Open Daily March to November 10 am to 5 pm, tours on the hour

Jan 6th – March 1st: By appointment only
July 1st – September 30th: 10am – 5pm – Tours every half an hour
October: 11am – 4pm weekdays and 10am to 5pm weekends – Tours every hour on the hour
Winter: Christmas: 11am – 4pm Saturday and Sunday only – Tours every hour on the hour
Dec. 11th – January 6th: 11am – 4pm everyday – Tours every hour on the hour

Scrambling over boulders, we stood speechless in a large chamber…………. As our lamps circled this great hall we picked out a gigantic stalactite… is really majestic and poised like a veritable sword of Damocles…With our headlamps inadequately lighting this huge formation, we tip-toed, believe it or not, not daring to speak lest the first voices ever to sound in this hall since the beginning of time should cause it to shatterDescription by Varley and Dickenson when they discovered the Great Stalactite in 1952
Location & Transport Options

GPS: N 53 02.510, W 9 20.705
Decimal Degrees (WGS84): 53.041831, -9.345077
Degrees, Minutes & Seconds: N53 02 30, W9 20 42

Doolin Cave is located 15 minutes drive from the Cliffs of Moher and 5 minutes from Doolin on the R479 (Doolin to Fanore Road)
45 minutes from Shannon Airport. 3.5 hours from Dublin. 1 hour from Galway City. 3 hours from Cork.

Bus Bus
Bus Eireann Route 350 Galway-Kinvarra-Doolin-Cliffs of Moher-Ennis
Electric Car Charging points Electric Car Charging points
Gregans Castle Hotel, Ballyvaughan +353 65 7077005 – GPS: N 53 04.608, W 9 11.057
Doolin Caravan and Camping Park +353 65 7074458 – GPS: N 53 00.974, W 9 24.093
Hotel Doolin +353 65 7074111 – GPS: N 53 00.980, W 9 22.591
Seaview House, Doolin +353 87 2679617 – GPS: N 53 00.736, W 9 23.090
Stonecutters Kitchen, Cliffs of Moher Road +353 87 283 7118 – GPS: N 52 59.552, W 9 24.144
Boghill Centre, Kilfenora +353 65 7074644 – GPS: N 53 00.962, W 9 15.163
Kilshanny House +353 65 7071660 – GPS: N 52 58.909, W 9 17.895
Lahinch Car Park off Miltown Malby Road – GPS: N 52 55.772, W 9 20.778
Hydro Hotel, Lisdoonvarna +353 65 707 4005 – GPS: N 53 01.600, W 9 17.424
Bicycle Hire Bicycle Hire
Burren Fine Wine and Foods, Ballyvaughan John +353 86 3412 875 or Cathleen +353 87 7633 241
Lahinch Bikes +353 86 8448622
Electric Bike Hire – E-Whizz  +353 87 6277000
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