Shannon Airport to Doolin

Doolin Travel Blog

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We arrived at 7 am on Sunday, May 17th, 2009 in Shannon and since we were just backpacking, we didn't already have bus tickets or anything.  We wanted to see Doolin (the traditional music capital of Ireland) and the Cliffs of Moher first, so we walked outside and took the bus to Ennis, the connecting town.  Once in Ennis, we realized that since it was a Sunday and most things take a break, the next bus didn't leave for about 6 hours.  When one takes a vacation, especially to their dream destination, one often has the idea that he/she will just walk up and a bus/train will be leaving within the next few minutes and be on their way.  It totally wasn't this way the whole trip. 

We ended up taking a cab to Doolin, which costed 60 Euros total.  However, Vincent was a super-cool tour guide.  He stopped several times to show us things that we wouldn't have seen if we had taken a bus.  I couldn't even find this stuff in a guide book.  We saw St. Brigid's well, where local tradition says that if you see the eel in the well, you'll witness a miracle today.  No eel.  Vincent told us we probably wouldn't and that no one really ever has, but it was cool to take part in it.  There was a statute of her and a small tunnel with thousands of items laid out along the way leading to the well.  There were pictures, stuffed animals, notes, prayers, etc. all hoping for help from St. Brigid.

We then stopped and saw a bunch of guys surfing amongst the rocks in the FREEZING cold water and we drove by Lahinch golf course (  It was super windy and there were a ton of people playing on the links.  We were also able to see the Aran Islands from the shore: Inishmor, Inishmaan, and Inisheer.  I really wish we'd had the time to take the ferry and go out there.  Our "tour guide" told us that even though many signs are bilingual in Ireland, they often speak Irish (Gaelic) instead of English on the Aran islands.

We walked around Doolin a bit before settling in at Doolin Youth Lodge.  We had a 3 bedroom apartment, all with private bathrooms, with a shared living area and it was very warm, which was great for when it rained later.
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