Doonbeg is derived from Dun Beag, meaning "the small fort." Our luxury hotel is situated in this small village located on a sheltered corner of Ireland's south west coast, in the scenic county of 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.
The Loop Head peninsula on the west coast of County Clare juts into the Atlantic Ocean like a gnarled finger pointing westard. It is bounded on the north and west side by the Atlantic Ocean and the south by the River Shannon Estuary.
The Loophead lighthouse is like a sentinel overlooking the whole area. From the edge of the ocean your next stop is Boston with no dry land between here and there. The area is sparsely populated with Kilkee being the only centre of population. The attractive villages encompassed on the peninsula, Cross, Carrigahold and Kilbaha are relatively small and untouched by development. The peninsula is extensively farmed, mainly with beef cattle and dairy herds.
Loop Head is the winner of the European Destination of Excellence 2010 and also the Irish Times Winner of the Best Place to Holiday in Ireland in 2013. It won this award for its beauty untouched, amazing activities and Eco friendly tourist area.
A vast limestone plateau occupying an area of over one hundred square miles in North Clare, the Burren is home to various flora, both native species and those found only in other parts of the world, as well as many species of animals and birds.
The Burren region is internationally famous for its landscape and flora. A visit to the Burren during the summer months will leave a person amazed by the colourful diversity of flowering plants living together within the one ecosystem. Arctic-alpine plants living side by side with Mediterranean plants, calcicole (lime loving) and calcifuge (acid loving) plants growing adjacent to one another and woodland plants growing out in the open with not a tree nearby to provide shade from the sun. Also found here are certain species which although rare elsewhere are abundant in the Burren. Even more amazingly they all survive in a land that appears to be composed entirely of rock.
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.
Trump International Golf Links & Hotel provides two onsite fishing ponds where guests can engage in fly fishing for Brown and Rainbow Trout in the peaceful surrounds of the West Clare countryside using complimentary equipment. We can provide a qualified ghillie to offer instruction to beginners or advise to more seasoned fishermen.
Guests can also opt for shoreline fishing, again with a ghilie.
Guests may also choose to venture onto the waters of the Atlantic with either a half day or a full day deep sea fishing excursion where you will fish for Bass, Monkfish and Cod.
Off shore fishing trips require a minimum of 6 participants and also require 14 days of notice of booking.
Drift along the Doonbeg river from the shore and let the tide determine your destination. As you paddle your kayak you will glide by Doonbeg Castle, under the bridge at the east of the village. Kayaking can be arranged for people of all skill levels. In a picturesque location you may find that your paddle speed is slow,favouring the wonder of the surroundings over the need to get to your destination. The river banks are a haven of mysterious flora and miniature creatures quietly going about their day.
See the landscape and the coastline of West Clare on our complimentary bicycles while you explore the courtryside from Doonbeg to Loophead. There are a variety of cycle routes of varying distances and terrains to suit cyclists of all skill levels. Along the way you will discover animals great and small, travel along hedge-lined minor country roads providing panoramic cliff and sea vies and pass through rural villages. For the more cautious biker of those who lack the knowledge of the Irish road system, we can arrange a guide for your journey.
Arts & Culture
County Clare has many festivals through out the year, Willie Clancy traditional Irish Music Festival, Lisdoonvarna Match Making Festival, Doolin Craft Beer Festival, Clare Garden Festival, Burren Slow Food Festival and the Doonbeg Jazz Festival. These are to name but a few of the hughly popular festivals where people come from all over for song, dance and craic.
There are many family friendly activities in Clare, one of the most popular being Moher Hill Farm. Located in North Clare it is a delightful farm with many animals in which you can feed, they have a great indoor and outdoor play and is suitable for all ages. You can also take to the River Shannon to see the famous bottle nose dolphins. Trips can be organised with 48 hours notice and leave from Carigaholt. A fantastic exerience for all ages.
The majestic Cliffs of Miher, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, are one of Ireland's most spectacular sights. Located just north of Lahinch the Cliffs rise from the Atlantic to heights of 214m and stretch for 8km along the coast.
The Cliffs claim one of the most astonishing views in Ireland, and on a clear day the Aran Islands are visable in Galway Bay as well as the valleys and hills of Connemara. Wile many visitors walk alon the cliffs to take in these spectacular views, the scale and beauty of the cliffs can be best appreciated when viewed from sea level. Cruises along the cliffs, allowing viewing from this vantage point, run from Doolin from April to October with sailing times depending on tides.
The Co. Clare stage of the Wild Atlantic Way is 230km long starting from the Killimer Tarbert Ferry and ending in the village of Kinvarra on the Galway border.Some of the best towns, villages and islands to visit on the Clare stage of the Wild Atlantic Way traveling south to north include Kilrush, Carrigaholt, Kilkee, Doonbeg, Quilty, Spanish Point, Miltown Malbay, Lahinch, Liscannor, Cliffs of Moher, Doolin Ferry to Aran Islands, Lisdoonvarna, Ballyvaughan and ending in the Galway village of Kinvarra just across the border.
There are many sporting and recreational activities in the area of Doonbeg and beyond. You can enjoy horse riding on the beach, golfing or fishing onsite, walking and cycling trails and surfing the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Whatever it is you like to do to relax and get out doors we can help arrange that experience for you.
As with most Irish counties GAA football and hurling are at the heart of every town. These games are fast paced and full of enthusiasm, from the players to the supporting fans. The stadium is awash of colour as each person wears their team colours in pride. Truly a game of passion, pride and spirit.
County Clare has a strong history of traditional music. It is the home of the Kilfenora Céilí Band, the Tulla Céilí Band, and many more. The county has many traditional music festivals and one of the most well known is the Willie Clancy Summer School, which is held every July in the town of Milltown Malbay in memory of the renowned uilleann piper, Willie Clancy.