Doonbeg is derived from Dun Beag, meaning "the small fort." Our luxury beach hotel is situated in this small village located on a sheltered corner of Ireland's south west coast, in scenic County Clare.
The village developed around Doonbeg Castle in the 16th century. Today the remaining walls of the castle anchor the village on the south east as the Doonbeg River slips quietly by. Modern day Doonbeg is famed for its sandy beaches, wonderful restaurants and quaint pubs as well as the vibrancy of many local drama, food and music festivals. For the convenience of guests, a complimentary shuttle bus service to the village is provided by Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Ireland, formerly the Lodge at Doonbeg.
What to do in Doonbeg
Trump International Golf Links and Hotel is set on a 1.5 mile, cresent shaped beach. This beach is very popular for surfing and walking. With the Wild Atlantic waves crashing at your feet it is the perfect setting to spend time time with your loved ones.
Clare is renowned for two great caves, Doolin Cave and Aillwee Cave. Doolin cave is home to the wonderous geoligical phenomenon, The Great Stalactite. Measuring almost 7m in length, it is one of the largest free hanging stalactites in the world and the longest stalactite in the Northern Hemisphere.
Aillwee Cave, Ireland's Premiere Showcave - formed when the streams sinking underground on the Aillwee mountain started dissolving channels through the lines of weakness in the limestone. Aillwee Cave is one of the most ancient caves in the Burren and perhaps in Ireland.
Expert guides will accompany and inform you during your leisurely tour through the beautiful caverns, over bridged chasms, under weird formations and alongside the thunderous waterfall. On the same grounds as the Aillwee Cave is The Burren Birds of Prey, Falcons, Hawks, Vulture and Owls from all over the globe reside.
Bunratty Castle and Folk Park is one of Ireland's permier visitor attractions. When you visit Bunratty Castle and Folk Park you are invited to explore two wonderful experiences - the acclaimed 15th century Bunratty Castle and the 19th Century Folk Park.
The Castle is the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland. Built in 1425 it was restored in 1954 to its former medeival splendour and now contains mainly 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art which capture the mood of those times. Today, the castle stands peacefully in the delightful grounds. The houses and cottages of the folk park spread out at the foot of its massive walls, much in the way that the cottages and crofts of old would have clustered around its base. We invite you to wander through the castle and marvel at the finest collection of medieval furniture in the country which brings the life a vital part of our Medieval past. Bunratty Castle closes each day at 4pm to prepare for the Medeival Banquet.
County Clare is bursting with historical buildings and landmarks, Cahercommoaun Stone Fort, Clare Abbey, Clare Museum, Craggaunowen, Dysert O'Dea Castle, Ennis Friary,Kilrush Historic Town, Knappogue Castle and Gardens, Martello Tower, Lemaneh Castle, Poulnabrone Dolmen, Quinn Abbey, Scattery Island and Bunratty Castle. These historical buildings and landmarks are a must see for those interested in Old Irish Heritage.
The Aran Islands, three small islands (Inisheer, Inishmaan, and Inishmore) located off the coast of the Burren, are ideal destinations for a day trip from Doonbeg. Inisheer boasts an abundance of nesting birds, Inishmaan is a botanist's dream, home to over 300 flowering plants, and Inishmore is highly regarded for its ancient stone forts and churches.
Ferry service is available from Doolin Pier. The crossing takes less then 30 minutes to the nearest island, Inisheer, and there are several sailings daily from April to September. The crossing to Inishmore take approximately one hour.
Experience the thrill of links golf either at Trump International Golf Links, par 72 course or at some of the incredible courses located in the South West of Ireland. Lahinch golf course is just 35 minutes away and the acclaimed Ballybunion golf course is located just 70 minutes south. All three courses are listed in the Top 100 Courses of the World.
The challenges are emmense no matter where you choose. The enjoyment and the tales will last a lifetime. Ireland's west coast is home to a great number of golf course all with their own individual character and challenges.
Canter along a quite country path or gallop along Doughmore beach. Experience the thrill of horse riding by the Atlantic Ocean. We are happy to make arrangements for guests at a nearby equestrian centre which caters for all levels from beginner to advanced level, for both children and adults.
Our equestrian parner provides each guest with either personalised one to one tuition or group lessons.
When you think of the west coast of Ireland you may not always think big waves and lots of wind - that's the reality, that's what makes it so great for surfing. The Atlantic tides along Clare's rugged west coast are renowned as some of the finest surf Ireland has to offer. Ride the face of a wave waiting in anticipation of a late drop. When the break goes your way it's up to you to pull off as many turns and cutbacks as you can. If you're feeling adventurous you could set yourself up for a floater. Doughmore beach, which is overlooked by Trump International Golf Links & Hotel, is a haven for surfers. Along the coastline there are a host of surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing schools that cater for people of all levels from beginners to experts.
Surfing lessons, including surf boards and wet suits can be organised through our Concierge team.
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