We had intended to return to Galway for the night after a day trip to the Cliffs of Moher in December 2009, but were so drawn to the remote coastal beauty of the area that we spent the full day exploring. As dusk approached we began to look for a room for the night and found ourselves near Doolin. Dubious about our chances to find lodging in the small fishing village, we were very pleasantly surprised to discover the Hotel Doolin, which was welcoming (complimentary hot toddies upon arrival!), clean, and reasonably priced. The proprietor recommended we head down the lane to Gus O'Connor's Pub, and after a delicious dinner by the peat fire we stayed to drink Guinness with the locals, enjoying a Trad music session until the early morning hours.