About 70 kilometres south of Galway along the Wild Atlantic Way, is Doolin, a small village which is famed for its traditional Irish music scene and popular annual folk music festival and if you’re travelling between Galway and the Cliffs of Moher, this place is worth a visit.
If you’re staying, there are a couple of campsites including Nagle‘s, an excellent, family-run campsite with superb facilities, stunning views of the Cliffs of Moher, a fully loaded playground for the children and wifi across the campsite!
During the folk music festival, the town, and both its campsites, are dubh le daoine who come from far and wide to enjoy the big names such as ‘Socks in the Frying Pan’ and ‘Breaking Trad’, but on this balmy spring evening, the town was very quiet and, apart from a clutch of other happy-campers, we pretty much had the run of the campsite.
The village has few pubs offering honest food and drink, but nearest to our campsite was Gus O’Connor’s Pub and which also offers nightly live music.
Provisioned with our own comestibles however, a sumptuous Pot Noodle dinner imbued us with enough energy to decamp for a post prandial stroll, and to witness the muscle of a stormy Atlantic from Doolin pier, not 5 minutes from the campsite.
Walking West of the pier and after a bit of scrambling, look out for a faerie-fort and you’ll be rewared by a dramatic Atlantic vista of the Aran Islands and beyond. Don’t expect to be granted any wishes on this occasion, as the fairies have long since abandoned their keep, but it’s easy to see why they set up home here in the first place.