We've camped here a couple of times now (but too lazy to write a review so far!), but it just has to be done. We camp in a tent so can't give advice for camper vans, but overall the facilities here and people running the show are top class.
THE SITE: This is not your typical square open field, odd shaped area alongside the river with 2 smaller sectioned-off areas. Gorgeous, perfect for pitching. Also worth noting, a small group pitched late the first night and music on quite loud (not that bad), we mentioned it to the staff and they immediately put a stop to it. Any time we've camped there's a mixture of young, old, couples, groups, and families so I'd say this is suitable for all types of campers.
OFFICE/ KITCHEN/ SHOWERS: Showers & toilets are immaculate 24/7 (not just in the mornings like other sites!). The kitchen has 2 separate hob cookers that operate using 1/2 euro coins. Haven't used them but am told they run for ages on nothing...handy if the rain comes in. Kitchen is also spotless, has several sinks and a communal fridge. Office stocks a few items like soft drinks, toiletries and ice creams as well as tonnes of info on local activities etc. As another poster said if the office is closed (rare) ring the bell and they're down within a minute. Nothing is a problem, always friendly, great for advice on local stuff and even let me put my ice packs in the ice cream freezer!
THE VILLAGE: Love it! Loved Doolin for years. It's quirky, got great music, trad pubs and more modern less touristy pubs too. Lovely cafes also. THere's a bit of everything here.
Doolin cafe is a gorgeous quaint place that does almost everything home-made, down to the little french fries and tomato ketchup.
I hear there's a lovely French sort of bakery/cafe on the way out of Doolin towards Galway to the right. Keep an eye out for it if you're there, I hear their cakes and coffee are divine!
Cruises go from the pier out to the cliffs everyday - well worth a look was amazing!
Rainbow Hostel (i think thats the name) does bike hire if you fancy a cycle around which is a great way to see everything and go a little further too.
....Oh and bring your midge spray! In this humid weather by the river you'll be glad to have it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centrally located in the heart of Doolin on a unique setting over looking the Aille river. Riverside camping is a small, friendly, family run park constructed within our family grounds, to the highest hygiene standards. It is well sheltered and personally supervised. 3 star guesthouse on site. Hotel Doolin, Fitz's bar, a pizzeria, two restaurants, a pantry and off-licence and a tourist information point are located less than 60 metres from the site. O'Connors pub is located 5 minutes walk to our right and McGanns and McDermotts pub's 5 minutes walk to our left. All pubs have live traditional music nightly starting from 9:30. ... more less