Near the end of our two week trip to Ireland we stayed at Daly's. What a wonderful and kind welcome we received there!! They brought us right to our room, showed us how everything worked, checked to see if we needed directions or recommendations for food, music, etc. and got us all settled in.
We stayed in the family suite in the house next door to the main house. It has one main room with a double bed, plus a side room with two twin beds. Everything was very comfortable and homey. The bathroom was quite nice - very large with plenty of towels, no tub, just a shower stall. The water pressure was very strong, and we always had hot water.
Daly's is located right in the middle of several fields, many of which are occupied by cows. That was one of the big differences I saw while staying here - I didn't need the alarm clock, both mornings I woke up to the sounds of the cows mooing! Now you know you are in the country when that happens!
Doolin is a quaint little town, well located to the ferry docks to the Aran Islands. Daly's is about a 5 minute drive or so to the docks, which is good because the ferries leave around 9am or so and you need to be there early.
The day we arrived in Doolin, we stopped at O'Connor's Pub for lunch. Nice place, good pub food. The next day as we were getting breakfast, Susan told us that on Sundays O'Connors has an early set of music at 5pm - which would be a great chance for us to take our children to hear the music. So we spent the day on the Aran Islands, and returned just in time to walk down to O'Connors for a wonderful set of music and dinner. Daly's is only about a 5 minute walk to O'Connors which is wonderfully convenient. And just a couple doors down from O'Connors is a little food store - great place to pick up some snacks for the kids.
Breakfast at Daly's is very nice - several cold cereals to choose from, and they offer the full irish breakfast if you want a hot meal. For adults that was fine, but was a little challenging to small children - we would have loved to have something else for them like french toast or pancakes. But at breakfast is when you really get to know Susan and her daughters - it was wonderful to chat with them.
The day we left we were heading to Ennis, as the next day we were flying out of Shannon. As soon as Susan heard that, she disappeared for a moment, then reappeared with a entire itinerary for us. It took us from Doolin through all parts of County Clare ending in Ennis. The directions were fabulous, and we ended up seeing all sorts of things we probably would not have otherwise. It made for a fabulous last day in Ireland.
One thing to note - Susan prefers that you pay for your stay in cash. We ended up in Doolin with not enough cash for our bill, and needed an ATM. Be advised that Doolin does not have one - you have to go to Ennistymon for the closest one. Susan's daughters gave us really good directions to the ATM, but it is probably a 20 minute drive or so, and we got caught behind a herd of cows being moved from one pasture to another! So you might want to be better prepared than we were!
This is definitely one place you cannot miss - nice rooms, clean, warm, friendly, and very helpful. If you are in the vicinity of Doolin you have to give them a call!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our 4 star Bed and Breakfast in Doolin village has panoramic views of the Sea and the Cliffs of Moher. Daly's House is an ideal base for touring the Wild Atlantic Way, the Burren region, Doolin Cave, the Cliffs of Moher and Aran Islands. The ferry services to the Aran Islands and the Cliffs of Moher are a 5 minute drive from our home. We are situated 100 yards from O'Connors Pub, world renowned for traditional Irish music. We are just 1 hours drive from Shannon airport and just over 3 hours drive from Dublin airport. Doolin is an idealic base to tour neighbouring counties Galway, Limerick and Kerry. Your host, Susan ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Daly`s House Hotel Doolin