Location:   Doolin

                  County Clare

Contact:    Mattie and Carmel Shannon

Phone:       353 (0) 65 7074415

Website:     www.rainbowhostel.net

Email:        rainbowhostel@eircom.net


The Rainbow Hostel in Doolin is a

converted cottage where the Shannon

family ran a tailoring business for over 100 years until the 1970’s.  The hostel was established in 1986.


15 euros per person for dorm

20 euros per person for private room

35 euros per person for single rate

Open:  year-round


-small cozy hostel with 24 beds

-private double rooms and a twin room

-simple and relaxed atmosphere

-self-catering kitchen


-bike hire

-open turf fire in the common room

-personalized tour (walk and slide show) of      

archaeology, geology, and flora and fauna of       

the Burren upon request led by hostel 

owner, Mattie Shannon

-close to bus stop at Doolin Post Office

(bus driver will let you off at the Rainbow

Hostel if you ask)

Things To Do In The Area

-explore the Burren with hostel owner,

Mattie Shannon, as he leads an evening

guided tour and slide show

-visit the Cliffs of Moher

-visit the Burren Centre

-enjoy some of the best traditional music

in Ireland in the several nearby pubs

-visit the Aran Islands

-enjoy a Cliffs of Moher cruise

-walk the Burren Way

-visit Aillwee Cave

-do spelunking

-visit Burren Outdoor Education Centre

-visit some of the fine restaurants in the area

-visit Poulnabrone Portal Dolmen

-visit Dunguaire Castle

-visit one of the 2500 historic sites located

in the Burren

-visit one of the several ring forts in the area

-visit one of the undersea caves

-visit the Burren Smokehouse Visitor’s Center

-visit several of the beaches

-visit Gleninagh Castle

-visit Doolin Cave

-go horseback riding

-attend surfing school

-enjoy swimming

-go sea angling

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