Travel Blogs from Doolin
Excerpt from Avi's travel diary: We have been without pizza now for 10 days. I don't know how much longer we will survive. We had breakfast at the B&B, Avi had a bagel with lox and I tried the local cheese plate. It was decent, though not quite enough lox for Avi's taste. After we checked out and said goodbye to the animals we drove off to explore the Dingle peninsula with the help of Rick Steves. Our first stop was the dunbeg fort, ...
... Island in a carriage. We agreed for 8 Euro a person. I again am cheap so if they are going to give you the supreme tour, then 8 Euro seemed reasonable, this was not that scenario…. but we will get to that in a minute. The tour guide took us first to the shipwreck.
Supposedly it was a boat that washed up on shore with the crew still on it. They all lived but the ship is still there. I tried to get as close ...
... either by spelling or pronunciation, or both - when people arrived at Ellis Island. It was the most genuine conversation we've had with two complete strangers who seemed so incredibly interested in us. That conversation alone made it worth the 100€ we spent each on the tour.
Shortly after, we stopped in Thurles, where the Gaelic Athletic Association was founded in 1884. This is the ...
I woke up at 7:30am but this day I convinced myself to go back to sleep and I got up a bit after 9. Last night was cold, but there were lots of extra blankets. Perhaps tonight I will build a fire in the woodstove. I woke up at 1:30am and there was light streaming in the skylight of my room, and when I looked out a back window I saw that the house was casting a shadow. Confused, I walked into the kitchen, and the ...
... Time stopped. I breathed the fresh sea air. I listened to the breeze. I basked in the warm sun, which turned my face slightly pink (I little crispiness in Ireland? No way!). I eventually stumbled back into Doolin and headed straight to a pub for dinner. Steak and Guinness stew. It was overpriced, but believe me you, it was a mighty delicious way to satisfy my tired, throbbing body.
I would have been happy to just fall asleep for the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Cullinan's Guesthouse Doolin
It was okay.
We stayed there in November 2004. The rooms were nice, but the walls were thin and I could hear the people next to us arriving back from the pub. The food was very good. James was nice when we saw him, but Carol was not that friendly. She also charged us the incorrect price for our stay, when I mentioned to her it was a different price she accepted it, but I could tell she was not happy. She mentioned that she didn't think she had given me that price, but when I got back home and checked my email I was correct.
Good Breakfasts, Nice Views
Of all the B&Bs we stayed at during our 16-day trip to Ireland, this was probably our least favorite. It was comfortable, the breakfast was delicious (try the lemon pancakes!), the rooms were clean and bright and the views of the river and fields are pretty, but we didn't feel as welcome here as we did at our other places. Carol, the owner, is polite, but not as friendly and warm as the other owners we'd met along the way. We never saw her husband, James. The walls between some of the rooms are very thin. My husband and I could hear my father snoring in the room next door to ours! Our first choice was Sea View House, but unfortunately they were all booked up, so we setttled for Cullinan's. I think I'll try Sea View next time.
This place was delightful. Be sure to eat in their restaurant while there. Easy walking distance to fun pubs.
Be prepared to carry your luggage upstairs, though.
Not just a B&B, it's a 5 star experience
Wow, what a travel surprise. This lodging gem, set on the creekside in Doolin, will really reward your choice.
Carol and James have put together a wonderful west Ireland experience for their guests. The rooms are large, plenty of windows for air and natural light, and large, well equipped bathrooms. Breakfast is served early and is a delicious affair. We had different items from the menu every day and they were all excellent to gourmet in quality. In addition to being a fabulous fiddle player, James is an artist in the kitchen.
There is no TV or radio available in the rooms, but they are not needed. From early breakfast, to touring the Burren, to magical musical nights at the pubs; well, if you need TV or radio there's a problem.
My only suggestion would be some way to heat the bathrooms. They are done in beautiful tile, but that tile tends to get a bit cold in the morning.
Cullinan's was a perfect place to stay our first night in Ireland on a 10 day driving tour of Ireland.Correct distance from the Shannon Airport,convenient to the Cliffs Of Moher.within easy walking distance to the town of Doolin where we enjoyed a night of listening to Irish music in one of the town's pubs. Only thing wrong was we arrived one night after their restaurant had closed for the season but we were served an excellent Irish breakfast the next morning.Can't go wrong staying here.
One of the best B&B's
Bright, cheerful room and outstanding breakfast.
Stayed two nights because the location is close to the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren and a wonderful drive overlooking the water. I left my jacket there and they very kindly mailed it to me in the US.
Comfortable Guesthouse and good for families
Doolin is an INCREDIBLE town---it's small, but it's got a large amount of personality. It's very close to the Cliffs of Moher (about a 10 minute drive, tops) and the Burren. Cullinan's was very easy to get to---James and Carol included a good map on their website, but I recognized their yellow house right away from the pictures from the site. Cullinan's is a very comfortable, homey guesthouse. It was nicely furnished and clean. We ended up in the last room of the house, the smallest, but it was still fine for us (a married couple) and our toddler. One thing they don't mention on their site is that they have TV in the room---a welcome surprise! They had a portable crib all set up for our daughter when we arrived. I found this guesthouse very child-friendly---James and Carol have three children of their own, between the ages of 6 and 11. Their daughters were so excited to see our daughter that they played with her while we ate dinner in their restaurant---so relaxing! For those who don't enjoy the company of children, let it be known that their children weren't running around the house, they were just in the TV room. Our meal at the restaurant was great. Be aware, restaurants in Ireland are PRICEY, usually about 20-25 euros per plate. Cullinan's was a great value for the money, though---the food was gourmet and carefully prepared. The service was great, too. The dining room looks out onto fields, and it is very serene. That night, while the Cullinan's eldest daughter kept and ear out for cries from our sleeping daughter, we ventured out to one of the town's three pubs for a drink and some music. Oh, it was wonderful. You really get a sense of true Ireland in Doolin---the pubs are the center of life there, and you get to meet many people. The walk back to Cullinan's was lovely---the town was dark and serene. I highly recommend travelling to Doolin and staying with the hospitable Cullinan family and enjoying the fabulous food. My husband commented that Cullinan's looked like the finest B&B in Doolin.
Wonderful guesthouse in lovely location
We enjoyed 5 nights in this guesthouse in May 2004 and highly recommend it. The owners are low-key yet helpful when necessary, the breakfasts are magnificent, the accomodations exactly as promised and you should plan on eating dinner at least once at the restaurant. Doolin is a quiet village with excellent pubs and traditional music, great scenery, and a central location to explore the Burren area of County Clare.
Cullinan's in Doolin was quite possibly the nicest b&b/guesthouse we have ever stayed in. The rooms were incredibly clean and fresh smelling, the bathrooms were sparkling, the showers were great. We can't say enough great things about this diamond in the rough. Plus, the meals were excellent. The breakfast was inventive (something you don't find too often). We also had dinner there. We had just eaten at Dromoland Castle's Earl of Thomond, and it had nothing on Cullinan's food. All in all, the experience was wonderful, and we hope to return.
Best Breakfast in Ireland
We stayed at Cullinan's a few years back and enjoyed the people the rooms and the breakfast was to die for. As with most B&B's traditional Irish breakfast was available, but we had pancakes with lemon sauce ...
yummy! Also the rooms were comfy, sparkling clean with bright cheery colors.